Nine-year-old boy gets White House shout-out
30 July 2017 | 4:00 am
Nine-year-old Dylan Harbin of Stockton, California, is behind the letter that was read by White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders on Wednesday. In the letter, Harbin asks if the president will be his friend and Sanders replies, 'He would be more than happy to'.
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