Sarah Sanders leaving as White House press secretary

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Sarah Sanders is stepping down as President Donald Trump’s press secretary after serving as the public face of the White House during some of the administration’s most contentious chapters.

Trump, who announced the news Thursday, described Sanders as a “warrior” and hinted that she might follow in her father’s foot steps and run for governor of Arkansas, her home state.

“She’s tough,” Trump said at an event at the White House. “But she’s good.”

Sanders worked for Trump’s 2016 campaign before she was elevated to press secretary in 2017. The president first announced her departure in a tweet.

“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,” he said, apparently referring to her work on his 2016 campaign – in addition to 2-1/2 years in the White House press office.

“She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job!” the president wrote. “I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”

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