White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is stepping down from her role in the Trump administration.
Trump announced her resignation via Twitter this morning.
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
Sanders took on the role as the most senior White House spokesperson after her predecessor Sean Spicer resigned in July 2017.
During her time in the role, Sanders became one of the most recognisable faces of the Trump administration. Her relationship with the media has been turbulent, filled with contention and criticism for making misleading claims.
In recent months, Sanders was mostly absent from the public eye. She has only held two press briefings since the beginning of 2019, the last one being 94 days ago.
In January, Trump tweeted that he told Sanders “not to bother” with press briefings as “the word gets out anyway”.
“The reason Sarah Sanders does not go to the ‘podium’ much anymore is that the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately, in particular certain members of the press,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
In replacement of the once-daily press briefings, Sanders took on regular appearances on Fox News.
In bidding farewell to Sanders, Trump has suggested she run for Governor of Arkansas.
— TIME (@TIME) June 13, 2019
“I’m a mum, I have three amazing kids and I’m going to spend a little more time with them,” Sanders announced.
“I’m going to continue to be one the most outspoken and loyal supporters of the President and his agenda.”