Sarah Sanders is leaving the White House
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is leaving her job in the administration, President Donald Trump announced Thursday afternoon.
After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and… https://t.co/8x6B3347n2— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1560456626.0
....She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to… https://t.co/A2HKT8oVGg— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1560456626.0
Sanders became notorious in her job for shamelessly lying on the president's behalf and being a willing apologist for some of Trump's worst offenses.
Robert Mueller documented in his report that Sanders essentially admitted to lying to the press about hearing from FBI agents after the firing of Director James Comey, the event which triggered the special counsel's investigation. She had told reporters that countless FBI agents had reached out to her to say they were glad Comey was gone, but she told investigators that these claims weren't based on anything and that she had made a "slip of the tongue."
But even before Mueller exposed these lies, her credibility was in shambles. She had dismissed reports that Trump had paid porn star Stormy Daniels hush money during the election, allegations that were later corroborated and implicated the president directly in a crime. When she later defended her remarks, she said she was working with the information she had at the time. This was either a lie itself, or an admission that she had been lied to by the president — and either option rendered her useless as press secretary.
She would also repeatedly lie about verifiable information and distort Trump's most outrageous comments as she desperately attempted to defend him. After the Mueller report was released, for instance, she falsely said that the special counsel had been appointed to find "collusion" and that he was explicit that "there was no collusion." Both claims were blatantly false. And she frequently became combative with the press in the briefing room. showing no reluctance to lash out at journalists or critics of the president with petty attacks.
Under her tenure, the regular White House briefings became so debased and pointless that there was barely any complaint when she stopped holding them altogether, despite the dramatic pullback in transparency this represented.
And still, in some ways, she was an improvement from her predecessor Sean Spicer. While Spicer was just as dishonest, he was more easily offended, quicker to lash out, and less skilled at evading tough questions — making him seem not just unfriendly but belligerent. Sanders had greater self-control and poise compared to Spicer, and she avoided repeats of his worst moments, such as when he compared Hitler favorably to Bashar al-Assad.
Nevertheless, she used her somewhat more adept public relations skills for the same destructive purpose: constructing a deceptive and fanciful narrative of a successful presidency, which promotes outrageously bigoted ends, while declaring any dissent illegitimate.