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Mike Huckabee: Sarah Sanders running for Arkansas governor 'could happen'

Mike Huckabee: Sarah Sanders running for Arkansas governor 'could happen'

Sanders has served in the White House since Trump took office.

Trump announced her exit in a tweet and did not name a replacement.

The surprise announcement that Sarah Sanders plans to leave the Trump administration has sparked a heated contest to succeed her as White House press secretary, with President Trump telling Fox News "a lot of people" are angling for the gig.

Trump then called Sanders "a warrior" and thanked her again.

But she has earned a reputation for bruising clashes with journalists whom she finds over-critical - often echoing her boss's attacks on unfavorable coverage as "Fake News".

"After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas..."

"I don't think they served the American people well and I don't think they served journalism well - and they were a great use of the press staff's time", he said. She has not held a formal briefing since March 11.

Pressed during one particularly combative briefing to distance herself from Trump's characterization of the media as the "enemy of the people", Sanders refused.

"It's very tough", Scaramucci, whose tenure at the White House lasted less than one week, said.

"We've been through a lot together", Trump said.

A frequent critic of Sanders, Carrey expressed his pleasure with Sanders' departure and displeasure with her as a person in his latest artistic rendering.

Sanders' father Mike Huckabee is a former Republican governor of Arkansas, making her something of a member of conservative royalty.

She would claim to represent the truth on behalf of a president who lies. "He has accomplished so much in these two and a half years, and it's truly been something I will treasure forever", she said. She ended up withdrawing her name from consideration for the United Nations job earlier this year.

"If we can get her to run for the governor of Arkansas, I think she'll do very well", the president told reporters on Thursday. Eventually Grisham was promoted into her current role.

Her quintessential moment came in the May 11, 2017, White House press briefing in which she was skeptically questioned by Michael Shear of the New York Times about her statements that she'd heard from "countless" Federal Bureau of Investigation employees about how grateful they were that Trump had fired the agency's director, James B. Comey.

If it was any president other than Trump we were talking about, this heavy-handed hint might be treated as close to an official declaration of candidacy for Sanders.