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Trump says press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave White House

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Photo: AP/Susan Walsh
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

June 13, 2019 05:59 PM

President Donald Trump has announced that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving her post at the end of June and going home to Arkansas.

Trump tweeted the news Wednesday afternoon, praising her performance on the job.

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

A replacement has not yet been named.

Sanders is one of the president's closest and most trusted White House aides and one of the few remaining who worked on his campaign.

Her tenure was marked by a breakdown in regular White House press briefings and questions about the administration's credibility.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's revealed that Sanders admitted to investigators that she had made an unfounded claim that "countless" FBI agents had reached out to express support for Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

The Associated Press contributed to this story
 

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