Sarah Huckabee Sanders, whose stint as White House Press Secretary has been marked by her battles with reporters and accusations of spreading falsehoods, is leaving the job at the end of the year, CBS News reports tonight.
Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah also is eyeing an exit, the news org said, citing sources. But there apparently is no timetable for his departure.
The pair would be the latest high-profile White House comms folks to leave their job. Sanders replaced Sean Spicer, who quit last summer after President Donald tapped pal/financier Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director — a gig Spicer had been filling in on. The Mooch famously lasted less than two weeks before getting sacked by new Chief of Staff John Kelly on the latters very first day on the job.
Scaramucci then was replaced by longtime Trump confidante Hope Hicks. She became the dean of Trump administration communications directors, sticking around a good six months before resigning the day after she testified before the House Intelligence Committee.
Sanders White House press briefings often make for must-see TV. The daughter of former GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has stuck to her guns and toed the company line no matter how irascible the WH press corps was — sometimes (OK, often) taking sarcastic shots at them from the podium.