Sarah Sanders is leaving the White House, Trump announces

She will be no longer administration's press secretary from next month on

Photo: EPA US President Donald Trump embraces White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders after announcing her departure

President Trump announced Thursday on Twitter that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will be leaving her position at the end of the month. In his tweet he praised her work and encouraged her to follow in her father's footsteps and run for governor of her home state of Arkansas.

"After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas," Trump said. "She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas - she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!"

The president, however, has not yet named a replacement for the position.

Unlike many of the president's top aides, Sanders was bred in politics. She's the daughter of former Arkansas governor and two-time presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, and served as field director for her father's 2002 gubernatorial reelection campaign, was the national political director for his 2008 presidential campaign, and headed his 2016 presidential bid. Sanders joined the Trump campaign in February 2016, shortly after her father dropped out of the Republican primary and was since one of the longest-serving members of president's inner circle.

Sanders' work in the White House, however, has been consistently controversial. She's been accused of threatening the freedom of the press and regularly lying to the media and the public. Her resignation also comes after she admitted to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators that her statement that "countless" FBI agents had informed her they agreed with Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey was "not founded on anything."

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