Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Thursday that she brought rockers Ted Nugent and Kid Rock to the White House for dinner with President Trump because her first choice, Jesus, was unavailable.

"Well, President Trump had called ... just to touch base. So he asked me to get to D.C. and we'd be able to chat over dinner and asked if I'd invite a couple of friends," Palin said.

"So you brought Kid Rock and Ted Nugent?" CNN's Jake Tapper asked.

"Jesus was booked," Palin said, a comment she also made to The New York Times earlier in the day. "So yes, I invited my buddies Kid Rock and Ted Nugent — some bold, courageous, all-American dudes who I knew would have good conversation with the president and get to express a lot of good middle-class, work ethic type of issues and policy proposals that they could all relate to, and that's exactly what happened at the dinner."

At the White House, Palin and the two outspoken conservative rockers also took a picture in front of Hillary Clinton's first lady portrait that is featured inside.

"Yeah. The picture says it all," Palin said.