On Wednesday afternoon, CBS News reported that according to sources inside the Trump administration, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah were planning to leave their jobs. Sanders reportedly would leave before the end of 2018. But Sanders has since refuted the claim.
"Does @CBSNews know something I don’t about my plans and my future?" Sanders tweeted Wednesday evening. "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 worked on the Trump campaign, then served as deputy press secretary under then-press secretary Sean Spicer. After Spicer resigned in July 2017, she succeeded him. Shah worked for the Republican National Committee (RNC) during the 2016 campaign season.
Sanders is the third woman to hold the role of White House Press Secretary; Dee Dee Myers held the job for Bill Clinton in 1993 and Dana Perino held the job for George W. Bush in 2007.
Sanders has had some memorable moments, including saying of the media spreading fake stories, "There's a very big difference between making honest mistakes and purposely misleading the American people,” targeting Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu for tweeting a false story, asserting, “You should spend less time tweeting, more time doing your job,” nailing CNN’s Jim Acosta for saying President Trump watched a lot of CNN, responding, "I don't think that's true, or your numbers would be higher,” and nailing Acosta again after he tweeted, "Third press briefing in a row that @PressSec did not take a question from CNN. #courage,” by firing back, "Courage isn’t taking 'a question from CNN,' Jim. Courage is combat veterans Sgt. Peck and Staff Sgt. Dwyer - the two heroes at the briefing. #itsnotaboutyou."
Sanders’ most memorable comeback may have been after the Democratic power triumvirate of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry slammed President Trump for pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal. Sanders won the trifecta, blasting:
I think based on each of those individuals' lack of success in this entire process on foreign affairs, they would probably be the last three people that we would look to for advice and counsel, and whether or not we had made the right decisions.
This article has been updated to include Sanders' response to the CBS report.