THE WHITE HOUSE – President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Thursday afternoon that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is leaving her job at the end of June and returning to her native Arkansas.
….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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2019
Sanders, 36, the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, has served in the Trump administration since the president was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017. She previously worked on his 2016 campaign as a senior adviser, after managing her father’s presidential campaign the same year. Her initial job at the White House was principal deputy press secretary. She was promoted to her current post July 26, 2017, after her predecessor, Sean Spicer, left.
Like Spicer, Sanders has had a cantankerous relationship with the White House press corps. Many reporters have criticized her for not always being forthcoming and honest, as well as very rarely holding press briefings. The last such briefing was held more than three months ago, although they had previously occurred nearly every weekday in recent administrations. Sanders stopped scheduling daily briefings last summer.
She, in turn, has echoed Trump’s frequent criticism of the media, referring to many stories as fake news and accusing reporters of slanting the news and emphasizing the administration’s missteps while downplaying its achievements.
In January, Trump tweeted that he had told Sanders “not to
bother” holding press briefings since the media covers her “so rudely and inaccurately.”
Rumors of Sanders’ impending departure were first reported exactly a year ago to the day. At the time, it was thought she would leave the White House at the end of 2018, although she denied having plans to leave. Trump did not say on Thursday if she has another job lined up. She and her husband, Bryan Sanders, have three children.