Sarah Huckabee Sanders stepping down as White House press secretary

Carla Harmon
June 15, 2019

"She's tough, but she's good, (she's) also tough and bad, she's tough and she's good, she's great", Trump said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks to reporters after an interview with FOX News outside the West Wing May 23, 2019 in Washington, DC.

According to the Associated Press, President Trump announced in a tweet on Thursday that his trusted staff member will be leaving her position as his press secretary at the end of June and will head back to her home state of Arkansas.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday she will step down at the end of June after almost two years on the job. She did it disrespectfully, and apparently without shame or an understanding of what the role of White House press secretary should be.

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon also threw a quip or two at the retiring White House spokeswoman joking, "In a statement, Sanders said nothing, as usual". "And I want to thank you for an outstanding job", he added.

He named several people, including Stephanie Grisham, director of communications for First Lady Melania Trump, who he said was "terrific".

"No, I know a lot of people that want it and they're a lot of great people and sometimes you have so many that it makes it more hard", he said, praising Sanders, whom he called a "warrior". "I've loved it. I love the president".

"We've been through a lot together", Trump said.

Other possible replacements included Tony Sayegh, who was spokesman for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Steve Cortes, a pro-Trump CNN contributor, and Hogan Gidley, Sanders's deputy press secretary, Gomez reported.

Former press secretary Joe Lockhart wrote on CNN that Sanders' legacy would be enshrined in the Mueller report.

However, aides said the fallout hasn't been "that bad" and that "the president's supporters are not necessarily going to take what the president said literally and that this controversy they believe is more or less limited to Democrats and the media". It was only when she was under oath and facing potential jail time did Sanders admit she made the whole story up.

Her father is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Kimmel then added, "That's true or at least it's as true as everything she said while she was working at the White House". In November, at his final rallies ahead of the congressional elections, Trump invited her on stage to speak briefly to the cheering crowds.

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