Sarah Huckabee Sanders leaving White House by the end of June

Sarah Huckabee Sanders will leave her post as White House press secretary at the end of the month, President Trump announced on Thursday.

Sanders’s departure caps off a tumultuous, two-year run as Trump’s top spokeswoman, marked by tensions with the White House press corps and the disappearance of the daily news briefing. During that time, however, Sanders became one of Trump’s closest aides and fiercest defenders.

In his announcement, which was made on Twitter, Trump praised Sanders as a “very special person with extraordinary talents” who could one day run for governor of her home state of Arkansas.

“She would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!” Trump wrote.

Sanders succeeded Sean Spicer as press secretary at the White House in July 2017. Before that, she served as his top deputy in the press office since Trump’s inauguration as well as a surrogate for his 2016 campaign.

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