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By Veronica Rocha, Meg Wagner and Brian Ries, CNN
5:27 p.m. ET, June 25, 2018
4:43 p.m. ET, June 25, 2018

Our live coverage has ended. Scroll through the posts below to see highlights from today's press briefing.

5:27 p.m. ET, June 25, 2018

Trump's executive order is a "temporary solution" because "we'll run out of space," White House says

President Trump's executive order to keep families together at the border is a "temporary solution," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said today.

She said the order won't last and the US government will run out of resources to house families.

"This will only last a short amount of time because we'll run out of space, we're going to run out of resources in order to keep people together and we're asking Congress to provide those resources and do their job," Sanders said.

She said the Trump administration has asked the Pentagon to provide space for undocumented families.

4:32 p.m. ET, June 25, 2018

Trump told Sarah Sanders to open briefing with how she was kicked out of restaurant

From CNN's From Jeff Zeleny

President Trump asked Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to open her briefing today by highlighting how she was kicked out of a Virginia restaurant, a White House official says.

The President has made his views clear on this on Twitter and instructed Sanders to highlight the incident at the Red Hen in Lexington at briefing, the official said.

Here's what he said on Twitter this morning:

And here's how Sanders opened the briefing this afternoon:

4:13 p.m. ET, June 25, 2018

White House says the EU is punishing US workers with retaliatory tariffs

Press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked today to respond to reports that Harley-Davidson is shifting some production of motorcycles for European customers out of the United States to avoid European Union retaliatory tariffs.

Sanders blasted the EU, saying it was trying to punish US workers. She claimed the EU has "engaged in repeatedly unfair trade practices."

"The President is saying enough is enough," she said. "We would like to work with the EU."

The EU began imposing tariffs Friday on $3.2 billion worth of American goods, including motorcycles, orange juice, bourbon, peanut butter, motorboats, cigarettes and denim. The tariffs are a response to the Trump administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe.

4:10 p.m. ET, June 25, 2018

White House: "Just because you don’t see a judge doesn’t mean you aren’t receiving due process"

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

The White House on Monday sought to explain President Trump's weekend tweet suggesting undocumented immigrants not be granted due process.

"Just because you don’t see a judge doesn’t mean you aren’t receiving due process," press secretary Sarah Sanders said during her briefing.

She added that "virtually all Americans" agree that drawn-out court proceedings don't make sense for migrants that enter the country illegally. (She supplied no poll numbers supporting that claim.)

"Virtually all Americans agree that it makes no sense that an illegal alien sets one foot on American soil and then they would go through a three to five year judicial process to be removed from the country," Sanders said.

She said the President wants "secure borders and a very legal and easy immigration process." She also said Trump "would certainly like to see more expedited removal."

Watch more:

4:00 p.m. ET, June 25, 2018

Sanders opens briefing with statement about being 86'd from the Red Hen

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant over the weekend, an experience she and the President both tweeted about, opened her briefing today with a statement about the experience.

"I was asked to leave a restaurant this weekend where I attempted to have dinner with my family. My husband and I politely left and went home. I was asked to leave because I worked for President Trump," she explained of the incident at Lexington's Red Hen. "We are allowed to disagree but should be able to do so freely and without fear of harm."

She added, "This goes for all people regardless of politics -- some have chosen hate and vandalism toward the restaurant that I was asked to leave from."

3:10 p.m. ET, June 25, 2018

6 questions that could come up in today's press briefing

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will take reporters' questions starting at 3:30 p.m. ET. Here are some of the questions that might come up:

  • The Trump administration yesterday released plans for how it will reunite families who were separated at the border — but it won't be a quick process. Is the government working to expedite any of those reunions?
  • It appears House Republicans do not have the votes to pass a comprehensive immigration plan. What would the President like to see happen in Congress on the issue?
  • The Secretary of State says he's not putting a timeline on negotiations with North Korea, so how is the Trump administration judging progress in affairs with the country?
  • Why did the President call out on Twitter a small Virginia restaurant that asked his press secretary to leave?
  • On the same topic: The Trump administration sided with a baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. Is that situation different from a restaurant refusing service to a Trump administration employee?
  • Does the White House have any further comment on Melania Trump's "I really don't care" jacket?
11:36 a.m. ET, June 25, 2018

Trump insults restaurant that booted Sarah Sanders

From CNN's Eli Watkins

President Donald Trump on Monday insulted a small Virginia restaurant that recently asked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to leave.

The tweet serves to amplify a controversy that has been seized on by conservatives as an example of harassment of Trump officials by progressives.

"The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!" Trump said.

Sanders said on Saturday that she "politely left" when the owner of the restaurant told her to go because she works for Trump. The owner Stephanie Wilkinson told The Washington Post in an interview Saturday that she "would have done the same thing again." Wilkinson did not respond to CNN requests for comment over the weekend.

The incident came shortly after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen left a Mexican restaurant in Washington after protesters confronted her there.

The President's decision to call out the restaurant by name came hours after he tweeted an attack on Jimmy Fallon over a perceived slight by the "Tonight Show" host in a recent interview.