Comment: This brought a tear to my eye – this little boy has more insight into character than many adults. As a former teacher, it always amazes me just how bright kids are.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders read the letter from Dylan Harbin last week, kicking off a new White House tradition of reading mail from “some of the forgotten men, women and children that we are here to serve and that the President is fighting for.”
Appearing on Fox and Friends, Dylan’s mother, SuAnn Harbin, said the pair will “definitely” take the White House up on its offer to have them tour Trump’s residence.
Their television appearance dismissed suspicions held by some that Dylan, nicknamed “Pickle,” was not real and that the letter had been faked. “Theres no way a 9 year old boy wrote that. I work with kids and any kid who is called Pickle and wants to be buddies with Trump aint real,” a social media user wrote on Twitter.
Dylan told Fox News anchors that he had written the President “because I wanted him to be my friend.”
His mother said she had not influenced her son.
“It was all him. He did everything,” she said.
SuAnn said her son is “so excited” that the White House responded to the letter.
She also added that they received little warning before Sanders read the letter publicly.
“It was a complete surprise. We were at a Giants game and they had called right before we went in to the stadium and they said, ‘Hi, this is so and so from the White House and we’re calling to let you know that we received Pickle’s letter and that they’re going to read it at the press conference in about 20 minutes,’” she told Fox News.
SuAnn said that Dylan’s family and friends are “supportive” of his admiration for the 45th president but that others have bashed the little boy.
“Other people have reacted different and have been mean. So when he said he wanted a Trump-themed birthday party I kind of shortened the list to just family. It was his day and that’s what he wanted and I didn’t want anything to be said or anyone to hurt his feelings,” SuAnn told the Daily News.
When asked why he admires Trump, Dylan said, “Because he’s a smart businessman and I like all of his suits.”
SuAnn said she is saving money so the pair can travel from San Joaquin, Calif., where they live, to Washington D.C. to tour the White House.
Sanders read the young Trump admirer’s letter in her first briefing as press secretary after former Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned from the post.