The Biggest Change During Sarah Sanders' Tenure

Press briefings effectively ended during her 2-year run as White House press secretary
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2019 8:15 AM CDT
President Trump welcomes White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to the stage as he pauses from speaking about second chance hiring to publicly thank the outgoing press secretary in the East Room of...   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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(Newser) – Sarah Sanders is going home to Arkansas after almost two years as White House press secretary—and it is a tenure unlikely to be forgotten. Daily briefings were a decades-old tradition under previous administrations, but they almost completely disappeared after Sanders replaced Sean Spicer in 2017. In 2018, briefings gradually dwindled to about one per month and they are now close to being a thing of the past: The last one was held on March 11 and lasted just 14 minutes. Media writer Brian Stelter of CNN writes that journalists recently noticed a coating of dust on the podium in the briefing room, and it's not clear whether Sanders will use it again before she departs at the end of the month. More:

  • What's next: The 36-year-old Sanders became emotional Thursday when she spoke about being able to spend more time with her three school-age children, the Hill reports. Asked about Trump's suggestion that she follow in the footsteps of father Mike Huckabee and run for governor of Arkansas, she said: "I don’t know. I learned a long time ago never to rule anything out."
  • Reactions: Sanders' departure met with some very mixed responses, from high praise to mockery, USA Today reports. Stephen Colbert tweeted: "Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving, or as Sarah Huckabee Sanders would say, 'Sarah Huckabee Sanders is not leaving.'" Sen. Lindsey Graham, meanwhile, thanked her for doing a "terrific job" in dealing with a "hostile press with an insatiable desire to go after the Trump Administration for everything under the sun."

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