Earlier today, Sarah Sanders announced she was leaving her job as Press Secretary.
She served faithfully and solidly for 3 1/2 years and she leaves BIG shoes to fill.
Here was her announcement:
President Trump gave her high praise:
But the big question is why?
And why now?
Obviously, President Trump (and all of us Deplorables) loved her!
So why leave?
Well, it looks like she might just be running for Governor of Arkansas!
President Trump teased the possibility in a Tweet:
Newsweek has already confirmed the speculation:
President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Thursday that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the administration at the end of the month and suggested that she run for governor 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. "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 was a member of Trump's communications team during his 2016 presidential campaign and joined the administration as deputy White House press secretary after the election. The 36-year-old Republican took over as White House press secretary in July 2017, after the resignation of Sean Spicer. While Sanders stayed in the position longer than any of Trump's hires, she has not held a White House press briefing in 94 days.
Before working for Trump, Sanders was the campaign manager of her father's 2016 presidential campaign. Mike Huckabee dropped out of the race after a weak showing in the Iowa Republican caucus.
Prior to managing her father's presidential run, Sanders had worked for several political campaigns. In 2014 she was the adviser for Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and in 2011 she was the campaign manager for former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty's presidential bid.
Her start in politics came much earlier. In 2002, at the age of 20, Sanders was the field director of her father's gubernatorial re-election campaign. Huckabee served as the governor of Arkansas for over a decade, from 1996 to 2007.
In addition to her work for politicians, Sanders is the founding partner of Second Street Strategies in Little Rock, Arkansas. The company is a general consulting service provider for Republican campaigns.
Two sources close to the White House told CNN Thursday that Sanders has considered running for public office herself. She has reportedly told colleagues that running for office in her home state would be a good move for her following her time in the White House.Unfortunately for Sanders, the governor of Arkansas was just re-elected to another term during the 2018 midterms cycle. Republican Asa Hutchinson's term is not up until 2023. Hutchinson easily took down his Democratic opponent last year, earning 65 percent of the vote.
But with her political connections and experience in campaigning, Sanders could be a force to be reckoned with if she ever decided to run for office.
Despite her contemptuous relationship with the press, Americans—especially Republicans—had a somewhat favorable view of Sanders during her time in the White House. According to a Gallup poll in June 2018, 41 percent of Americans had a positive view of the press secretary.
As did the AP:
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, whose tenure was marked by a breakdown in regular press briefings and questions about the administration’s credibility, as well as her own, will leave her post at the end of the month, President Donald Trump announced Thursday.
Trump said he’s encouraging her to run for governor when she returns home to Arkansas, where her father once held the job.
Sanders is one of Trump’s closest and most trusted White House aides and one of the few remaining who worked on his campaign, taking on the job of advocating for and defending a president who had his own unconventional ideas about how to conduct the people’s business.
At an unrelated White House event, Trump described Sanders as a “warrior” as he called her to the stage. Sanders, appearing emotional, said serving Trump has been “the honor of a lifetime” and pledged to remain one of his “most outspoken and loyal supporters.”
Sanders, who is married and has three young children, later told reporters she wanted to spend more time with her family, but did not rule out running for public office.
“I learned a long time ago never to rule anything out,” said Sanders, 36. She was the first working mother and just the third woman to be named White House press secretary.
Under her roughly two-year tenure as chief spokeswoman for the White House, daily televised briefings led by the press secretary became a relic of the past after Sanders repeatedly sparred with reporters who aggressively questioned her about administration policy, the investigation into possible coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russia or any number of controversies involving the White House.
Sanders has not held a formal briefing in more than three months - since March 11— and said she does not regret scaling them back. Instead, reporters were left to catch her and other administration officials on the White House driveway after their interviews with Fox News Channel and other networks.
Trump also has made it a habit to regularly answer reporters’ questions in a variety of settings, most notably on the South Lawn before boarding the Marine One helicopter. Sanders often sought to justify the lack of formal briefings by saying they were unnecessary when journalists could hear from Trump directly.
Behind the scenes, Sanders worked to develop relationships with reporters, earning the respect and trust of many of those on the beat.
WHO SHOULD REPLACE SARAH?
No officialy replacement has yet been named.
But we want to know what YOU think about these options: