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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lightened the mood at the daily briefing on Monday by asking reporters to share what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving before they asked their questions.

"I want to share a few things that I'm thankful for, and I think it would be nice for you guys to do so as well before asking your questions," Sanders said to chuckles among the room of reporters.

"Obviously you probably know and it's no secret that I'm clearly very thankful for all of you here in the room," Sanders smiled.

"In all seriousness I'm very thankful for my family, my faith, particularly thankful for the brave men and women of the military, many of whom are away from their families during the holidays protecting the freedoms that all of us in this room and across this country enjoy."

Sanders added that she was grateful for firefighters, police, and first responders as well as her position as press secretary "serving the American people."

With a few exceptions, the press corps shared what they were thankful for before questioning Sanders, mentioning their jobs, families, faith, and the First Amendment in their replies.

Twitter's reaction was mixed on the press secretary's Thanksgiving exercise.


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