Sarah Sanders leaving White House post

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is out as White House press secretary Trump

Trump's announcement came moments before he made remarks at a White House event on its "Second Chance" program boosting hiring of criminals who have served their sentences.

President Trump announces that Sarah Sanders will be resigning as White House press secretary. She took the position in July 2017 and was previously deputy press secretary.

The daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sanders moved her young family to Washington to be part of the administration.

"She's done an incredible job and we've been through a lot together", Trump said.

Trump hinted at future plans for Sanders, saying he hopes she runs for governor of Arkansas.

"Sarah, thank you for a job well done", the president added.

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Sanders, sources close to her said, represented a strong fabric, even when internal factions consumed the White House in the early days of the administration. She has not held a "daily" press briefing in 94 days. She faced online harassment, was ridiculed by late night comedians and was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant.

Sanders told reporters in August 2017 that Trump "didn't dictate" a misleading statement from his son, Donald Trump Jr., about a meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign.

Sanders called serving the president an "honor of a lifetime" and said she "couldn't be prouder" of the administration's work.

This story is developing and will be updated as new information becomes available.

There is no word on who will succeed Sanders as press secretary.

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