Huckabee Sanders Asks WH Press Corps to Share What They're Thankful for Before Thanksgiving

November 20, 2017

With Thanksgiving three days away, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders asked reporters at Monday's press briefing to share what they are thankful for before asking their questions.

Sanders first shared what she is thankful for before turning to the press pool for questions.

"You probably know, and it's no secret, that I'm clearly very thankful for all of you here in this room, and I think that goes without saying," Sanders said with a smile.

"But in all seriousness, I'm very thankful for my family, my faith, particularly thankful for the brave men and women of the military, many of whom are away from their families during the holidays protecting the freedoms that all of us in this room and across this country enjoy," Sanders continued. "I'm thankful for the police, firemen, and the first responders who keep us safe here at home. I'm sincerely thankful for the incredible privilege of serving this president and the American people."

Sanders took the first question from White House reporter April Ryan, who shared that she is thankful for being able to question Sanders "every single day."

"I'm thankful for life. I'm thankful for my children. I'm thankful for 20 years in this job. I'm thankful to be able to talk to you and question you every single day," Ryan said.

With chuckles from other reporters, Sanders replied, "I feel the gratefulness there."

Other members of the White House Press Corps included military service members, police officers, their families and friends, and their First Amendment rights as things for which they are thankful.

"I think we all are," Sanders added when a reporter mentioned the First Amendment.

With the holiday spirit in the air, First Lady Melania Trump welcomed the official White House Christmas tree on Monday, a little earlier than previous first ladies.

Jim and Diane Chapman, owners of Silent Night Evergreens in Endeavor, Wisconsin, delivered the 19.5-foot tree. The Chapman family has also provided trees for the White House in 1998 and 2003.