White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will leave her position at the end of the month, it was announced June 13. As is to be expected, the media quickly began speculating wildly about the circumstances of Sanders’ departure, but it seems the press secretary and her boss will be parting on good terms.
President Donald Trump broke the news on Twitter late in the afternoon. “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,” he wrote. “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!”
Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, has been working with the president for the full two and a half years since his inauguration. The establishment media’s professed respect for women did not extend to Sanders, though, just as it does not extend to any female conservative. She was treated appallingly by most of the White House Press Corps, the rest of the left-wing media, and everyone else who opposes Trump.
No shrinking violet, though, Sanders often used the podium in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room to berate reporters for their hypocrisy and shamelessly one-sided reporting. She was courteous but tough and never allowed the often combative correspondents of the establishment media to bully her.
Parting on Good Terms
Once the news emerged, many speculated that Sanders may have been pushed out after the president’s recent interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. Though Trump never seems overly rattled by reporters, Stephanopoulos – as might have been expected – lined up a few awkward “gotcha” questions which the president would probably have preferred not to answer.
Speaking later at the White House – during the Second Chance Hiring and Re-entry event – the president took a few moments to pay tribute to his press secretary and brought her up to say a few words. Sanders appeared quite emotional and it was clear that there is no friction surrounding her impending departure.
“It’s one of the greatest jobs I could ever have,” Sanders said. “I’ve loved every minute – even the hard minutes.” She ended by vowing to “continue to be one of the most outspoken and loyal supporters of the president and his agenda.”
Many Washington observers agree that White House press secretary is one of the toughest jobs in politics. Considering the media’s unrelenting hostility toward the current president, Sanders had a tougher time than most of her predecessors. To do it for as long as she did, as well as being a wife and mother of three young children, she deserves far more credit and admiration than any of the correspondents she had to put up with.
No doubt, the president’s spokeswoman will be taking a well-deserved break, but Trump wasted no time in suggesting that she should run for governor in her home state of Arkansas. Whether she takes him up on that challenge or not, it seems unlikely the political establishment has heard the last of Sarah Sanders.
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