White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Is Leaving the Administration

By Christine Zosche 

President Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon that Sarah Huckabee Sanders‘ tenure as White House press secretary will come to a close at the end of the month. (TVNewser)

On Twitter, Trump said the press secretary would be returning to her home state of Arkansas. The president hinted that Sanders might be eying a run for governor. (HuffPost)

Sanders first worked alongside Trump as part of his 2016 campaign’s communications team before becoming press secretary in July 2017 following Sean Spicer’s departure. She is the third woman in history to hold the job. (Variety)

Many of Sanders’ deputies, including Raj Shah and Lindsay Walters, have already left the administration. And the White House has been working without a communications director since Bill Shine abruptly announced his departure in March. (THR)

Sanders’ critics have repeatedly questioned her credibility, especially in the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. In recent months, Sanders has refused to hold formal briefings, instead opting to appear on Fox News and brief reporters in the White House driveway, a Trump-approved strategy that has prompted fierce criticism from journalists. (Politico)