CBS News reported tonight that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is considering leaving the White House:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 14, 2018
CBS reported that, according to “sources inside the White House and close to the administration,” Sanders “told friends that she plans to leave the administration at the end of the year.”
The Trump White House administration has experienced significant turnover, as CBS pointed out:
Over the course of the Trump administration, the White House has consolidated its workforce, eliminating jobs and assigning multiple portfolios of responsibility to individual staffers. Some positions have never been filled. Despite the smaller number of positions, the record-setting turnover rate has not slowed. Less than halfway through Mr. Trump’s term, the turnover rate stands at 51 percent, according to the Brookings Institution. Turnover during Mr. Trump’s first year in office was 34 percent — nearly four times higher than turnover during the first year of the Obama administration.
Josh Dawsey of the Washington Post tweeted that a White House official said not to “expect movement anytime soon.”
White House official says Sarah Sanders and Raj Shah are both likely to stay for months. While both of them have mused about leaving, would not expect movement anytime soon.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) June 14, 2018
CBS’ story says that it reached out this evening to Sanders for comment, but she declined to do so.
Less than an hour after CBS published its article, Sanders responded via Twitter:
Does @CBSNews know something I don’t about my plans and my future? I was at my daughter’s year-end Kindergarten event and they ran a story about my “plans to leave the WH” without even talking to me. I love my job and am honored to work for @POTUS
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) June 14, 2018
Sanders’ tweet doesn’t exactly sound like an explicit denial, especially when the original report said she was leaving at the end of 2018 rather than any time in the next few months. But it seems difficult now to imagine anyone but Sarah Sanders as the White House Press Secretary.
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