Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she was asked to leave she worked for the US president

Donald Trump's press secretary was asked to leave a restaurant last night.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter that she had been at a Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, on Saturday night when the owner made the request.

She "politely left" the business, she told her 3 million followers. 

Stephanie Wilkinson, co-owner of the 26-seat restaurant in rural Virginia, told The Washington Post that she had been at home when she was contacted by the chef who had recognised the diner and wanted to know what to do.

The table of eight had been booked under Ms Sanders' husband's name and when Ms Wilkinson walked into the restaurant, she saw they had cheese boards in front of them, as the kitchen worked on their main courses.

Ms Wilkinson told the newspaper: "I'm not a huge fan of confrontation. I have a business, and I want the business to thrive.

This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals."

She said several of her staff are gay and had seen Ms Sanders defend Mr Trump's efforts to exclude transgender people from the military.

More recently, the staff had watched the press secretary defend Mr Trump's controversial immigration policy.

Ms Wilkinson said she had consulted her employees and they had agreed that Ms Sanders should be asked to leave.

When Ms Wilkinson asked Ms Sanders to leave, the response had been: "That's fine, I'll go".

"They offered to pay," Ms Wilkinson said. "I said, 'No. It's on the house'."