CBS News is reporting that Press secretary Sarah Sanders and principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah have both let it be known that they’re preparing to leave. Sanders expects to get out by the end of the year. Shah has not yet set a date.
The task of defending Donald Trump’s shifting statements and daily lies first fell to Sean Spicer. The podium was then attended by Anthony Scaramucci, whose term was so short he was gone before he officially began. Though it may seem as if Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been there for a decent slice of forever, she’s actually been on the job less than a year. She started at the end of July in 2017. Still, she’s outlasted Spicer, who made it only six months before leaving his home in the bushes to run for the exits.
In a sense, Sanders has excelled in the position—if that sense is demonstrating a willingness to aggressively bend reality to cover any error, reversal, or outright lie spread by Trump, and to join in attacking the media and firing off streams of deflections and unconnected statements whenever reporters attempt to press. Even when caught in a straightforward lie, or when forced to backtrack to cover up Trump’s shifting alibis, Sanders has charged on with a kind of bitter enthusiasm. Except when she hasn’t. Because this White House has often chosen to handle the daily press briefing by just not having one.
To replace Sanders, it appears that Trump has … no one. No one at all.
“Nobody wants to come in,” a source close to the administration said. “So they’ve gone through two rounds and now they’re at third tier of people who are just lucking out — battlefield promotion ends up promoting people who aren’t qualified for the position.”
Barack Obama had only three press secretaries in eight years. Trump will match that number in two. And probably brag about it.
Mooch! Time for the comeback.