By Spencer Feingold
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will step down from her post at the end of the month, the Trump administration announced Thursday.
During her two-year tenure, Sanders maintained a fraught relationship with the press and vehemently defended President Trump. Her resignation also marks 94 consecutive days without a live White House briefing — the longest absence in decades.
“It has been the honor of a lifetime,” Sanders said on Thursday. “I couldn’t be prouder to have had the opportunity to serve my country, in particularly to work for this president.”
Sanders, 36, first joined the Trump campaign in 2016 as a senior adviser and was appointed press secretary in May 2017. She was a fierce advocate for President Trump, defending both his policies and personal actions. Her truthfulness, however, was continually called into question, especially after the report from special counsel Robert Mueller reveal that she willingly lied to reporters regarding Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey.
“I’ve loved every minute, even the hard minutes,” Sanders added.
Trump first announced the resignation on Twitter Thursday afternoon, writing in a thread that Sanders “is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas ー she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”
Sanders, who is the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, has not confirmed a potential gubernatorial bid in her home state.
“Well, @realDonaldTrump is losing @PressSec who is a great one and I say that with as much objectivity as Fake News CNN has toward @POTUS,” Huckabee said in a tweet following the announcement.