She was President Trump’s longest serving press secretary – but why did Sarah Huckabee Sanders resign? And what does her upcoming memoir have in store for us?
The mother-of-three announced that she would be leaving the White House in June 2019.
Now, she is preparing to release a memoir called Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House.
Here’s what we know about Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ time representing Trump and her decision to resign.
Why did Sarah Huckabee Sanders resign?
No official reason was given when Sanders resigned back in June 2019, though she said it was “the honour of a lifetime” to have been a senior aide to President Trump.
Trump then announced via Twitter that Sanders would be returning to Arkansas.
He even suggested that the former press secretary, who comes from a well-known Republican family, consider a run for governor of the state.
Trump said: “I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic.”
Soon after leaving the White House, Sarah was hired “to provide political commentary and analysis” to the Fox News network, reports Fortune.
Her departure also came a year after she was asked to leave a restaurant in Virginia because of her job working for POTUS.
Who else has been a press secretary for President Trump?
Trump has had four press secretaries since being elected. His first was Sean Spicer who held the position from January to July 2017.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders then took over until 1 July 2019, announcing her plans to resign that June.
After Sanders, Stephanie Grisham was given the role but left the White House in April 2020. She was replaced by current press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
What else do we know about Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ memoir and her time as press secretary?
Although holding the position for the longest time, Sanders didn’t have the best relationship with the press, reports the BBC.
The BBC reported how the former press secretary held fewer news conferences than 13 of her predecessors, according to the American Presidency Project.
After seeing an advance copy of the memoir, The Guardian reported how Trump allegedly told the former press secretary she would have to “go to North Korea and take one for the team”.
Apparently, according to the same article, Sanders revealed how Kim Jong-un winked at her during a summit in Singapore in 2018.
She then alleged that Trump was entertained by the incident and said she had been “hit on” by the Supreme Leader of North Korea.