White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded on Wednesday night to a CBS News report that she was looking to leave the Trump administration.
“Does @CBSNews know something I don’t about my plans and my future? I was at my daughter’s year-end Kindergarten event and they ran a story about my “plans to leave the WH” without even talking to me. I love my job and am honored to work for @POTUS,” Sanders tweeted.
Does @CBSNews know something I don’t about my plans and my future? I was at my daughter’s year-end Kindergarten event and they ran a story about my “plans to leave the WH” without even talking to me. I love my job and am honored to work for @POTUS
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 14, 2018
CBS reported that Sanders and principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah were looking to exit the White House. Sanders is expected to leave before the end of the year, according to the report.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders and principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah are both heading for the exits, according to sources inside the White House and close to the administration. Sanders, who has become a confidante of President Trump since the departure of former communications director Hope Hicks, has told friends that she plans to leave the administration at the end of the year.
Shah has not picked a date when he would leave, CBS added.
If Sanders and Shah were to leave the White House, they would join other recent departed communication staffers. Staffers who have left include former communications director Hope Hicks; Jared Kushner’s top communications aide, Josh Raffel; National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton; Trump personal aide John McEntee; director of White House message strategy Cliff Simms; communications aide Steven Cheung; congressional communications director Kaelan Dorr; assistant press secretary Natalie Strom; and deputy director of media affairs Tyler Ross.
Sanders, who has been in the job for less than a year, is the second press secretary for the Trump administration. Before her, Sean Spicer held the position for 182 days before leaving. Sanders’ one year anniversary in the role will be on July 26.