President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders would be stepping down from her post at the end of the month and returning to her own home state.

“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,” Trump tweeted. “She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”

“The 36-year old Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee, worked on her father’s presidential campaign during the 2016 Republican primary until he dropped out of the race,” Fox News reported. “She then joined the Trump campaign and, subsequently, the Trump administration as a White House communications aide. She was promoted to White House press secretary in 2017, after the president’s first top spokesman, Sean Spicer, resigned from the position.”

Stephanie Grisham, the White House Communications Director for First Lady Melania Trump, tweeted: “[email protected] @SarahHuckabee is a true pro & a dear friend. I will miss her sincere love of country & great sense of humor at the @WhiteHouse – no matter what the future holds, I wish her (and her beautiful family) the very best!”

Vice President Mike Pence tweeted: “Thank you to @PressSec Sarah Sanders for her service to our Administration & our nation! She’s a patriot who worked tirelessly every day to deliver on @POTUS’ America First Agenda. @SecondLady and I wish Sarah, Bryan & the kids all the best in their future endeavors! THANK YOU!”

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted: “Sarah Sanders has been a gladiator for the cause against the daily attacks from the mainstream media. Thank you @PressSec for your service to America and @realDonaldTrump!”

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