Thursday, 13 June 2019
White House Secretary Sarah Sanders leave at the end of June
Trump appeared alongside her at the White House podium and hailed her family. Sanders has three children, daughter Scarlett and sons William and George, with her husband Bryan.
She sometimes posted photographs of them together even while holding down one of the most difficult communications jobs in the country, and was last seen at the press room podium when she brought them to the White House for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day in April.
Trump pointed out her 'great family, her husband, who's a fantastic guy, and her great family. And I don't know... if we can get her to run for the governor of Arkansas, I think she'll do very well,' Trump said.
Republican Asa Huchinson is the governor of Arkansas. The seat isn't open until 2022, and Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin is expected to seek the position.
Sanders, one of several women to hold the press secretary position over the years, told a crowd at the White House: 'I'll try not to get emotional because I know crying can make us look weak sometimes, right?
'This has been the honor of a lifetime, the opportunity of a lifetime. I couldn't be prouder to have had the opportunity to serve my country, and particularly for this president.'
She said of Trump: 'He has accomplished so much in these two and a half years and it's truly been something I will treasure forever. It's one of the greatest jobs I could ever have. I've loved every minute. Even the hard minutes. I've loved it. I love the president. I love the team that I've had the opportunity to work for,' she said.
'And it's truly the most special experience - the only one I can think of that might top it just a little bit is the fact that I'm a mom. I have three amazing kids,' she said to applause.
'And I'm going to spend a little more time with them. And in the meantime I'm going to continue to be one of the most outspoken and loyal supporters of the president and his agenda, and I know he's going to have an incredible six more years and get a lot more done, like what we're here to celebrate today.'
'And I don't want to take away from that, so I certainly want to get back to the tremendous thing that the people behind me have done. And thank you so much, Mr. President. It's truly an honor.'
Trump, who had his arm around her as he introduced Sanders, kissed the side of her head before she spoke.
'She's a warrior,' he said of Sanders. 'You guys know what warriors are, right? Huh? You're warriors. We're all warriors. We have no choice. We have to be warriors in this world. But she is a warrior. Thank you, Sarah, very much.'
He called her 'a person, a friend, a woman, a great, great magnificent person actually, named Sarah Huckabee Sanders. And she's very popular. She's very popular,' ending the tribute by saying: 'She is a warrior.'
'She's done an incredible job. We've been through a lot together. She's tough and she's good,' Trump gushed.
'If we can get her to run for governor of Arkansas. I think we can get her to do that. I'm trying to get her to do that.'
'I want to thank you for an outstanding job,' he said, kissing her check.