Sarah Huckabee Sanders has resigned after spending two years as the White House Press Secretary, President Trump announced in a tweet.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, 36, is officially out. President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on June 13 that the White House Press Secretary, who assumed the role in July 2017 after Sean Spicer‘s departure, would be resigning at the end of the month. “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…. 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’s announcement that Huckabee Sanders would be leaving came just 15 minutes before he attended an event about criminal justice reform with Kim Kardashian at the White House. He brought Huckabee Sanders onstage at the top of the event and gave her a formal farewell speech. Calling her a “great, great, magnificent woman,” Trump praised her for being “wonderful, and tough — but with a great heart.” He reiterated his desire to see her enter politics. Visibly emotional, Huckabee Sanders thanked the president, and said that working for him and been “an honor, the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s truly been something I will treasure forever. I’ve loved every minute, even the hard minutes.” Huckabee Sanders said that she planned to spend more time at home with her children.
By 3 1/2 years, Trump is likely counting the time that Huckabee Sanders served as Spicer’s Deputy Press Secretary, as well as an official on the Trump presidential campaign. There have been rumblings about the press secretary wanting to exit the White House for the past few months. She began giving increasingly infrequent press briefings in 2018 after President Trump tweeted that he told her “not to bother” with reporters anymore. His cry for her to run as Governor of Arkansas is a nod to her father, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who ran against Trump for president in 2016.
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….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2019
I am blessed and forever grateful to @realDonaldTrump for the opportunity to serve and proud of everything he’s accomplished. I love the President and my job. The most important job I’ll ever have is being a mom to my kids and it’s time for us to go home. Thank you Mr. President! https://t.co/wHNnq06AMg
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 13, 2019
Huckabee Sanders now joins 20 other government officials who have either been fired by the president or exited of their own volition.