White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Thursday that she would be stepping down from her post in the Trump administration at the end of the month, forcing President Trump to find a replacement to handle media relations. She intends to return to her family in Arkansas where it is speculated that she may also be seeking public office.
Sanders had been an invaluable asset to the Trump administration, the president said over Twitter, undoubtedly adding pressure to find someone to fill her position.
But, in an administration that prioritizes getting things done quickly and efficiently, Trump reportedly has a list of candidates he is already working through, according to the Washington Examiner.
Per Reuters, Trump is eyeing four leading candidates: “The four are deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley, Stephanie Grisham, who is first lady Melania Trump’s communications director, former State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert and outgoing Treasury Department spokesman Tony Sayegh, the source said on condition of anonymity.”
The Washington Examiner reports Gidley is the likely pick to replace Sanders as he is already serving on the White House communications team.
The president was specifically asked about Grisham and if she was going to replace Sanders, he responded: “Stephanie is terrific. We have a lot of great people, we have a lot of good people to choose from.”
Sanders initially announced that she would be leaving the administration in a White House presser. She said,”I couldn’t be prouder to have had the opportunity to serve my country and particularly to work for this president. He has accomplished so much in these two and a half years, and it’s truly been something that I will treasure forever. It’s one of the greatest jobs I could ever have.”
President Trump described Sanders as “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!” he added.