President Trump made a surprise announcement on Twitter Thursday, saying White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders plans to leave the White House by the end of this month.
Shortly after, Sanders made her own statement at a White House event for the Second Chance prison reform initiative where she thanked the president and expressed her love for the job.
….She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2019
On Twitter, Trump said, “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. She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done.”
I am blessed and forever grateful to @realDonaldTrump for the opportunity to serve and proud of everything he’s accomplished. I love the President and my job. The most important job I’ll ever have is being a mom to my kids and it’s time for us to go home. Thank you Mr. President! https://t.co/wHNnq06AMg
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 13, 2019
Trump acknowledged Sanders dedication, hard work and called her a “warrior” at the White House Second Chance event.
“This has been the honor of a lifetime … I couldn’t be prouder to have had the opportunity to serve my country and particularly, to work for this president,” she said.
According to several other current and former Trump administration officials, she will be missed.
One of the best decisions I made was asking @SarahHuckabee to serve as @WhiteHouse principal deputy @PressSec. She is hardworking, loyal, strategic & a true friend through thick & thin. She has been a tireless advocate for @POTUS @realDonaldTrump & this Administration’s policies
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) June 13, 2019
Sarah has been the heart of our team. She has been a fantastic Press Secretary and key advisor for the President, a strong leader, and an inspiration to me. I have been blessed to work with her and learn from her. I will miss her.
— Mercedes Schlapp (@mercedesschlapp) June 13, 2019
— Alyssa Farah (@VPPressSec) June 13, 2019
Thank you to @PressSec Sarah Sanders for her service to our Administration & our nation! She’s a patriot who worked tirelessly every day to deliver on @POTUS’ America First Agenda. @SecondLady and I wish Sarah, Bryan & the kids all the best in their future endeavors! THANK YOU!
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) June 13, 2019