BREAKING NEWS: Sarah Sanders is OUT says Trump as he announces ‘wonderful’ White House press secretary will leave at end of month after ‘job well done!’
- Sarah Sanders, 36, will end run as Trump’s longest-serving press secretary at the end of June, he announced on Twitter
- Sanders will return to her native Arkansas and should ‘run for governor,’ Trump said as he called her ‘a very special person with extraordinary talents’
- Her father Mike Huckabee was previously governor of the state and used the role as a springboard for two presidential runs
- Sanders had not held a formal press briefing at the White House for three months and endured a tumultuous relationship with reporters
- The Mueller report revealed that she had lied to reporters and changed her tune when she was questioned under penalty of perjury
White House Secretary Sarah Sanders is leaving her post after a tumultuous tenure, Donald Trump announced Thursday in a sudden tweet.
She will leave at the end of June after three-and-a-half years at the White House, where she clashed with the press, scaled back briefings, appeared in the Mueller report and carried forward the president’s combative posture with the media.
‘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 tweeted.
‘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!’
News that Sanders was stepping down from her post came Thursday during another typically tumultuous day in the White House, where the president was on defense after giving extraordinary access to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview.
The president had said he would not call the FBI if offered opposition research from a foreign source.
Sanders had not given a formal briefing in three months, although she has lately spoken to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House following TV interviews.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s revealed that Sanders admitted to investigators that she had made an unfounded claim that ‘countless’ FBI agents had reached out to express support for Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.
Dramatic announcement: Trump used his favorite medium of twitter to announce the departure of his longest-serving press secretary
On her way out: Sarah Sanders had not given a formal briefing in three months, although she has lately spoken to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House following TV interviews.
Endorsement: Trump tweeted: ‘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.’ Her father Mike Huckabee was governor of Arkansas and used it to launch two runs for president