Trump’s ‘warrior,’ press secretary Sarah Sanders, is leaving the White House
President Trump announced on Thursday that his press secretary, Sarah Sanders, will be leaving the White House at the end of the month. Sanders served as the face of the Trump presidency since the departure of her predecessor, Sean Spicer, in mid-2017. Her tenure was notably lengthy in an administration that has seen record turmoil; in recent months, however, Sanders virtually eliminated the practice of holding regular public press briefings.
“After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,” Trump wrote on Twitter, adding, “She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”
Both Sanders and the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment about her departure. Sanders joined the president on stage at an event in the East Room promoting measures from the administration designed to increase job opportunities for former prison inmates. Trump praised Sanders as his “warrior.”
“She’s very popular. She’s very popular. She’s done an incredible job,” Trump said of Sanders. “We’ve been through a lot together and she’s tough. … She’s tough and she’s good.”
Sanders, who said she would “try not to get emotional” because “crying can make us look weak” called her time as press secretary an “honor” and “the opportunity of a lifetime.”
“It’s truly been something I will treasure forever. It’s one of the greatest jobs I could ever have,” Sanders said, adding, “I’ve loved it. I love the president.”
Sanders has held only two briefings in 2019 so far. Her last one came 95 days ago on March 11, the longest period without a White House press briefing in modern history. Read more