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A day after Trump expressed openness to foreign interference in the 2020 election, another prominent member of his administration announces her resignation.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will resign from her post by the end of the month, a move which has been long rumored to happen since June of 2018.

The announcement was made on Twitter by Trump, who gave her a warm farewell. He even mentioned a potential for Sanders to run for Governor of Arkansas, a post held by her father, Mike Huckabee.

This marks the second Press Secretary to leave their post after Sean Spicer left the job in 2018. It also marks yet another major member of Trump’s administration to leave, along with Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The resignation also comes on the heels of President Trump welcoming the use of foreign assistance to help him win re-election in 2020.

Sanders has blasted the media for its coverage of her potential departure in the past. In a tweet posted in June 2018, she stated that she “loves her job” and that no one in the press asked to speak with her about a possible resignation.

Sanders is often criticized by mainstream media for promoting blatant lies and attacks on the press. Sanders admitted to Special Counsel Robert Mueller that she lied about FBI Director James Comey and other FBI Agents in reference to Russian hacking during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Sanders was the target of roast-style jokes from comedienne Michelle Wolf during the White House Correspondent’s Dinner in 2018. Wolf’s roast of Sanders included comments about Sanders’ appearance, which drew the ire of conservatives in both the media and in Congress. Wolf later clarified that her statements weren’t meant to attack Sanders’ looks, but to attack her integrity as Press Secretary. Wolf also said she had nothing to apologize for and was “sticking to her guns”.

Sanders also came under scrutiny for her handling of a situation with CNN reporter Jim Acosta. He was accused of putting his hands on a female aide who attempted to take his microphone from him. Sanders accused Acosta of misconduct and revoked his press credentials. Acosta’s press credentials were restored shortly thereafter when video released showed Acosta hadn’t done anything that could be considered misconduct.

Trump has yet to announce a replacement for Sanders.

 

Brandon Howard is a Grit Post contributor, auto worker, and former public radio reporter based out of Lexington, Kentucky. Follow him on Twitter @mrpowerhoward.

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