Donald Trump’s press secretary and long-term ally Sarah Huckabee Sanders will leave her job at the end of the month.
On Twitter Mr Trump said: After three and a half 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.
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.
Ms Sanders is widely seen as one of Donald Trump’s most trusted lieutenants, and is one of the few remaining in the White House who worked on his campaign.
The 36-year-old is a daughter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and became a stand-in for Mr Trump on television during his 2016 campaign for the presidency.
Under her, relations with the press frequently broke down and a formal briefing hasn’t been held since 11 March.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report said Ms Sanders admitted to investigators she had made an unfounded claim about countless FBI agents reaching out to express support for Mr Trump’s decision to fire FBI director James Comey in May 2017.
Ms Sanders joined the White House team in January 2017 as a deputy assistant to the president and deputy press secretary.
She was promoted into the press secretary role in July 2017, where she succeeded Sean Spicer.
The president did not name a successor.
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