President Donald Trump gave White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders an emotional farewell on Thursday, but she may not be out of the political spotlight for long.
After announcing that she will be leaving her White House position at the end of the month, Trump wrote on Twitter that he hopes Sanders will run for governor of Arkansas.
“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 said. “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!”
While delivering remarks a few minutes later at a White House event on its “Second Chance” program, the president spoke highly of Sanders again.
“We’ve been through a lot together and she’s tough, but she’s good,” Trump said at the event.
After Trump spoke, Sanders called serving the president an “honor of a lifetime” and said she “couldn’t be prouder” of the administration’s work.
“I’ve loved every minute, even the hard minutes,” Sanders said, calling her role the “most special experience” of her life second only to being a mom of three.
“I’m going to continue to be one of the most outspoken and loyal supporters of the president and his agenda and I know he’s going to have an incredible six more years and get a lot more done,” Sanders said.
President Trump praises Sarah Sanders, says he wants her to run for governor: "If we can get her to run for the Governor of Arkansas I think she'll do very well and I'm trying to get her to do that" pic.twitter.com/z7lbtjjcDC
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 13, 2019
Could Sanders run for political office in the coming years?
According to recent reports, she is actually pretty serious about it.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is reportedly considering running for governor in her home state of Arkansas after she departs from her position in the Trump administration at the end of the month.
“In private conversations in recent weeks, Sanders has floated running for governor in her home state of Arkansas, according to two people familiar with the talks,” CNN reported. “Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was re-elected just last year, so unless he steps down early — or is appointed to something — the governor’s office in Little Rock isn’t open until January 2023. She has told colleagues and friends that she thinks running for office would be a good next move for her, instead of taking a television job upon her departure.”
At a White House press conference, Trump took a moment to recognize Sanders and added that he wants her to run for governor in Arkansas, saying: “If we can get her to run for the Governor of Arkansas I think she’ll do very well and I’m trying to get her to do that.”
If she chooses to follow in her father’s footsteps, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the seat for governor opens up in 2022.