Is Sarah Huckabee Sanders the Next to Leave the White House?

With less than 18 months in office, President Donald Trump has become an incomparable leader — at least, when it comes to staff turnover.

Some have left after feeling the president’s wrath over their poor job performance or perceived lack of loyalty. Others resigned out of self-preservation, or a need to simply get out of the White House before it crumbled even more. Some were too full of steam to last even two weeks.

And, yes, that’s just White House communication staff.

Now, rumors are swirling of another pending exit — and this time it’s Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Sanders, who stepped in for former press secretary Sean Spicer, has made it almost a full year at her post. But now many suggest that her one-year anniversary may be the only one she celebrates with the Trump administration.

CBS News reports:

Two of the most visible members of the Trump administration are planning their departures, the latest sign of upheaval in a White House marked by turmoil. Press secretary Sarah Sanders and principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah are both heading for the exits, according to sources inside the White House and close to the administration. Sanders, who has become a confidante of President Trump since the departure of former communications director Hope Hicks, has told friends that she plans to leave the administration at the end of the year.”

Sanders denied the CBS report, both in a tweet following the story’s break and later that day during her daily press conference. According to Politico:

“In terms of personnel announcements, I don’t have any to make,” Sanders said during the briefing. “I can tell you that I show up here every day, I love my job. I’m glad to work for the president. Each and every day I’ll pray for clarity and discernment on what my future looks like.”

Still, that may not have been the most definite of nos. Departing anytime before the November midterms would be a disaster, anyway, since it would signal presidential administration in distress. And tat’s the last thing the GOP wants to contend with when trying to rally voters to come out on election day.

Of course, it’s hard to imagine anyone willingly staying in the role of press secretary for the White House. As the public voice of the administration’s news, Sanders is literally the face of the horrific, unjust and racist policies streaming out of the West Wing. Every press secretary is required to spin the news as part of their job’s duties, but Sanders is forced to go beyond spin into outright lies, and it cripples the faith and trust of the American nation.

Former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart told the Daily Beast:

You know what? She does work for Donald Trump, but she also works for us. She works for everybody who pays taxes, and even for people who don’t pay taxes—like, I guess, her boss. If you can’t do the minimal requirements of the job, you become complicit in the lie and in the degradation of the podium, the White House, the office of the president and ultimately the democracy.

Sanders will never be able to be able to make both the American public and the White House happy — one requires trust and the truth, the other requires absolute loyalty and constant dissemination. It’s no wonder she may be planning her pending exit — and that there appears to be no pool of people interested in replacing her.

In fact, the administration is allegedly having such a difficult time finding anyone willing to work for them that they are now recruiting at job fairs to get new candidates.

Yes, that’s very unusual.

Vanity Fair reports:

As a former Obama administration official told Politico, “it would have been unheard of in the previous administration, and that West Wing jobs were rarely even listed on UsaJobs.Gov, the official job search site for the federal government.” To put it another way, this is basically the equivalent of Team Trump advertising opportunities on the bulletin board at Starbucks.

When President Trump promised he would be a job creator, no one expected that they would all be within his own failing White House.

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson4 months ago

Thank you!

Susanne R
Susanne R4 months ago

Paul, here's what got cut off:

That, my friend, matters.

I don't mean to pick on Sarah because she's in a very difficult position, but if you watch closely, she hedges questions, refers the questioner to other sources, and always defends her boss. Her boss lies as easily as he breathes, and he consults with Sean Hannity and other Fox hosts for information. Have you considered that other news sources might not actually hate trump, but are simply reporting the truth to salvage the integrity and respectability of journalism? When trump starts to consult with the likes of Andrea Mitchell, or Richard Engel, or Christiane Amanpour, or Bill Moyers, or Paul Krugman --or even George Will, then I might start to consider that he's taking his job seriously and not just looking for a bullying loud-mouth to back him up. Even Charles Krauthammer, God rest his soul, a longtime Fox News contributor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author --who's as conservative as George Will-- wrote often about how he saw U.S. President Donald Trump as a threat to democracy. I'm sure it wasn't easy for Will or Krauthammer to speak out against the person who represents their party and their conservative values, but that's what a person with unshakable values and beliefs, who sees those values and beliefs being treated like a circus side show, will do.

Susanne R
Susanne R4 months ago

Paul: I wish I could "get off all this lying crap," but I can't, because it's too important to ignore. When people are fed a steady stream of "misinformation," they often believe what they're hearing and share what they've heard with other people. And the lies snowball to an avalanche. Take Fox Entertainment, for example. I posted this on another thread, but I think it's appropriate to copy and paste it here because it relates to the subject at hand.

According to PundiFact: "This scorecard shows the ratings for statements made on air by Fox, Fox News and Fox Business personalities and their pundit guests. Rulings do not include statements made on air by politicians or paid spokespeople:
TRUE = 10%; MOSTLY TRUE = 12%; HALF TRUE = 19%; MOSTLY FALSE = 21%; FALSE = 29%: and PANTS ON FIRE = 9%.

IF you added what's true, what's mostly true and split what's half true, Fox would have a record of providing viewers with some element of truth 31.5% of the time. If you add half of what's half true, what's mostly false, what's false, and what's "Pants on Fire Lies," they'd have a record of lying 68.5% of the time. Since Fox Entertainment (I can't bring myself to say "Fox News") is the most-watched "news" source on cable television, they're reaching a lot of people --or should I say lying to-- or, to be kinder, misleading, a lot of people. That, my friend, ma

Winnie A
Winn Adams4 months ago

She is part of the disgusting and despicable tRUMP lying machine. Shame on her.

Paul B
Paul B4 months ago

Susanne, I really wish you would get off all this lying crap. We have been through that. Just because WaPo or other liberal Trump hating media sites say that she or Trump lies is ridiculous. That is all THEY do, lie about stuff, misrepresent statements with their OWN interpretation that twists so much of what was said to be a lie. If you don't hear it straight from the sources mouth and verify the real facts then you can't comment on them. I know you've said you can only rely and trust what you read from "reliable" sources. What you fail to understand is that many of these "reliable " sources you claim to quote are so anti-Trump that most of what they say is always geared to make everything sound like a lie, which upon further investigation turns out that what they are is lying themselves . They use one little snippet, then theorize, speculate and insinuate what THEY think it means, hence turning whatever was actually meant into some kind of a lie. That is lying to me and many others.

Paul B
Paul B4 months ago

Debbi, so you fell for that misogynist line of Hillary. Really!!! You really think conservative women only think like their husbands? Obviously you haven't met very many and that is such a generalist statement I can't believe any one would make.

Paul B
Paul B4 months ago

Karin, so now you've stooped so low as to fat shame Sarah. Wow, that is so nice of you. But shows the left's true colors, and proves my point. No way would the left tolerate fat shaming any OTHER woman. Thanks.

Leo C
Leo C4 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

Janis K
Janis K4 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

Marija M
Marija M4 months ago

Interesting comments...