‘Pickle’ on letter to Trump read at briefing: ‘I want him to be my friend’
The nine-year-old whose letter to President Trump was read aloud at Wednesday’s White House press briefing says he wrote to the president because he “wanted him to be” his friend.
Dylan “Pickle” Harbin appeared on “Fox & Friends” alongside his mother on Saturday, where the boy revealed his reason for writing the letter.
“It was all him. He did everything. He said he wanted to write it and I go ‘okay, well what do you want to ask him?’ And he said, ‘well, I just wanted to ask to be my friend,'” his mother SueAnn Harbin said.
In his letter to the president, Harbin asked Trump how much money he has, how big the White House is and how old he is. All of those questions were answered by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during the briefing.
The letter was later released to reporters after Sanders redacted Harbin’s last name from the paper, sparking a slew of speculation on Twitter that the nine-year-old didn’t actually exist.
But that theory was later quashed after The Washington Post got a hold of Harbin.
“Yes. He’s alive,” SueAnn Harbin told the Post. “He’s real. He’s not fake.”