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There are at least four people being considered to replace outgoing White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Reuters reported this week, citing an unnamed source.
According to the outlet, the four potential candidates include Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley; Stephanie Grisham, first lady Melania Trump’s communications director; Heather Nauert, who stepped down as State Department spokesperson in April; and Tony Sayegh, the soon-to-be-former Treasury Department spokesman.
The job of White House spokesperson can at times involve a lot of heavy-lifting — answering for President Donald Trump’s tweets, spinning the administration’s most unpopular decisions, and doing so amid a break-neck news cycle. Sanders appeared to ignore most of those tasks during the last few months of her tenure, dispensing with the daily press briefings altogether (the last one being more than 90 days ago) and speaking only to the press occasionally, typically from the White House driveway.
Her reputation also took a beating as the lies she told the press were later revealed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, made public in April.
Thursday’s announcement that Sanders was stepping down signaled yet another high-profile departure on Trump’s staff — the 43rd such departure since he took office. Sanders is reportedly considering running for governor in her home state of Arkansas in 2022.
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) May 26, 2019
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 1, 2018
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