Sarah Huckabee Sanders to receive Secret Service protection

Published: Jun. 27, 2018 at 4:43 PM EDT
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is expected to receive Secret Service protection following the fallout at a Lexington restaurant.

Sources close to the matter say it is unclear how long the protection will last.

This comes after Sanders

in Lexington last week.

Protesters from both sides

about the situation, and the restaurant's co-owner has since stepped down from an executive position within the City of Lexington.

Speaking about the restaurant incident during Monday's White House press briefing, Sanders said she and her husband "politely left."

"I was asked to leave because I worked for President Trump," she said, adding, "We are allowed to disagree but we should be able to do so freely and without fear of harm, and this goes for all people regardless of politics."

She continued: "Healthy debate on ideas and political philosophy is important, but the calls for harassment and push for any Trump supporter to avoid the public is unacceptable."

Stephanie Wilkinson, the co-owner of the restaurant who asked Sanders to leave, has since

, and the restaurant remains closed for now.