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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is resigning




White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will leave the Trump administration at the end of the month after serving the president for more than three years.

President Donald Trump announced Sanders’ imminent departure via tweet on Thursday afternoon. He praised her work and even encouraged her to follow in her father’s footsteps and run for governor of her home state of Arkansas.

“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 wrote.

He went on, “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!”

Trump did not announce a replacement for Sanders.

As of Thursday, Sanders had not held a White House press briefing in over three months.

Trump brought Sanders up to his podium during a Thursday afternoon event at the White House and further praised her work for him, calling her a “great, great, magnificent person.”

“We’ve been through a lot together, and she’s tough, but she’s good,” Trump said with his arm around Sanders. He added that he’s “trying to get her” to run for governor. “She’s strong, but with great, great heart.”

Sanders then delivered her own superlative-laden remarks.

“I’ll try not to get emotional because I know crying makes us look weak sometimes, right?” she said, laughing. “This has been the honor of a lifetime — the opportunity of a lifetime. I couldn’t be prouder to have had the opportunity to serve my country, and particularly to work for this president.”

She added that she’d continue to be “one of the most outspoken and loyal supporters of the president and his agenda.”

Unlike many of the president’s top aides, Sanders was bred in politics. She’s the daughter of former Arkansas governor and two-time presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, and served as field director for her father’s 2002 gubernatorial reelection campaign, was the national political director for his 2008 presidential campaign, and headed his 2016 presidential bid.

Sanders joined the Trump campaign in February 2016, shortly after her father dropped out of the 2016 Republican primary.

“I volunteered to join Mr. Trump’s campaign because he is a champion of working families; not Washington-Wall Street elites,” Sanders said in a statement at the time. “Like the other Republican candidates, Mr. Trump is pro-life, pro-marriage and will appoint conservatives to the courts. What makes Mr. Trump my choice for president is he will break the grip of the donor class on our government and make it accountable to working families again.”

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