Published: Fri, June 14, 2019

Sarah Huckabee Sanders stepping down as White House press secretary

Sarah Huckabee Sanders stepping down as White House press secretary

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is leaving her post, President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday. "I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas - she would be fantastic", he wrote in a second tweet.

"The president praised Sanders for her service at the White House".

The job of White House press secretary is challenging under any presidency - but arguably, particularly under Mr. Trump, who oftentimes contradicts his own staff on Twitter or in gaggles with reporters. Add Trump Administration as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Trump Administration news, video, and analysis from ABC News. The president called her a "warrior" and encouraged her to run for governor of Arkansas.

The 36-year-old Republican began her role with Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign and took over the role as White House press secretary from Sean Spicer in July of 2017.

But White House press conferences have become increasingly rare during her tenure.

Her last media briefing was held on 11 March - 94 days ago.

Several other press and communications officials have recently left the White House, where the president's mercurial nature has often made it hard to speak with authority on his behalf.

Trump also recommended a future job for Sanders.

Sources close to the White House have said that Sanders' has privately discussed running for the office herself, according to CNN. Shah, the former principal deputy press secretary who worked with Sanders, said she did an "incredible" job.

This is a breaking news story.

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