Sarah Sanders is leaving the White House as press secretary, President Trump announced in a Tweet Thursday afternoon.
The president said Sanders would be leaving after more than three years at the White House.
“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 on Thursday.
“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!” he added.
….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
It has been three months since the White House held a press briefing.
Sanders last formal WH briefing was 94 days ago on March 11. Doesn't count the brief "gaggles" she occasionally conducts in the WH driveway, usually after doing liveshots on @FoxNews. pic.twitter.com/ixD1P9Iir8
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 13, 2019
Sanders’s last press briefing occurred on March 11, where she was asked about the lack of press briefings.
Her departure comes months after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed that Sanders admitted to making misleading statements to reporters when discussing Trump’s rationale for firing former FBI Director James Comey in 2017. At the time, Sanders falsely told reporters that Comey was fired because he’d lost the confidence of the president, the Department of Justice, members of both parties in Congress and “most importantly, the rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in Comey.”
A reporter challenged Sanders during that televised briefing. “Look,” Sanders chided the reporter, “we’ve heard from countless members of the FBI that say very different things.”
But Sanders told investigators that the comments were a “slip of the tongue” and said a similar claim during an interview was made “in the heat of the moment” and was not founded on anything.
The incident was one of several throughout Sanders’ tenure that left some questioning her credibility. Sanders, who like past White House press secretaries had a combative relationship with reporters, drew attention for refusing to say whether she believes the press is the “enemy of the people,” a line coined by Trump.