WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Friday weighed in on some potential candidates to fill the shoes of White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who is leaving the administration after years at the end of June.
While talking with Fox and Friends on Friday, Trump was asked about a host of potential replacements but wouldn’t say who was being considered for the roll, which acts as both the public voice for the administration and one of its most crucial defenders.
Hosts asked about several names that have circulated in the news media since Sanders’ announced departure, including Stephanie Grisham, first lady Melania Trump’s press secretary, and Anthony Scaramucci, who was White House communications director for 11 days in 2017.
“Well, I like Anthony, and he’s been very nice and all but I think Anthony—he should stay where he is right now,” Trump said. “And he’s doing a good job and let’s keep it that way for a little while.”
He added that “Stephanie is terrific” and “We have a lot of great people. We have a lot of people to choose from.”
Trump didn’t add whether either was indeed being considered for the role.
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,” he said, referring to her work on his 2016 campaign – in addition to 2-1/2 years in the White House press office.
The daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sanders was the third woman to hold the role of White House press secretary and the second person appointed to the job during Trump’s presidency, following Sean Spicer. Like other press secretaries, Sanders quickly became one of the most recognized names within the White House
“She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job!” the president wrote. “I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”
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