Friday 23 August 2019

Trump says press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is to leave White House

The US president suggested her as a future candidate for Arkansas governor.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders (Evan Vucci/AP)
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders (Evan Vucci/AP)

By Darlene Superville, Associated Press

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will leave her post at the end of the month, President Donald Trump has announced.

Ms Sanders is one of Trump’s closest and most trusted White House aides and one of the few remaining on staff who worked on his campaign.

“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,” President Trump tweeted just before she accompanied him to a White House event on prison reform.

President Trump suggested her as a future candidate for Arkansas governor, adding: “She would be fantastic.”

Under Ms Sanders’ tenure, regular White House press briefings became a relic of the past. She has not held a formal briefing since March 11.

Reporters often catch her on the White House driveway after she is interviewed by Fox News Channel and other TV news outlets.

Her credibility has also come under question.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report revealed that Ms Sanders admitted to investigators that she had made an unfounded claim about “countless” FBI agents reaching out to express support for Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

Ms Sanders succeeded Sean Spicer, President Trump’s first press secretary, in mid-2017.

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