White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has announced her resignation from the Trump administration.
Ms Sanders’ decision to quit the White House was first revealed by President Donald Trump via Twitter on Friday morning.
The long-time public face of the Trump administration will end her tumultuous tenure at the end of the month and return to her home state of Arkansas.
Ms Sanders was one of the President’s closest and most trusted White House aides, and one of the few remaining who worked on his 2016 campaign.
Her time as spokeswoman was marked by a breakdown in regular White House press briefings and questions about the administration’s credibility.
The resignation came on the 94th consecutive day without a White House briefing, the longest stretch of time without a briefing since they became a daily occurrence more than two decades ago.
Mr Trump tweeted that Ms Sanders had done an “incredible job!” and suggested she run for governor 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. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2019
Speaking at an event shortly after the resignation announcement, Ms Sanders raised the prospect of running for Arkansas governor as she called her White House role “the honor of a lifetime”.
“I couldn’t be prouder to have the opportunity to serve my country and particularly to work for this President,” she said at a the podium she shared with Mr Trump.
“I’ve loved every minute. Even the hard minutes,” she said.
Sarah Sanders on her time as WH press secretary: “This has been the honor of a lifetime, the opportunity of a lifetime. I couldn’t be prouder to have had the opportunity to serve my country.”
“I’ve loved every minute, even the hard minutes.” pic.twitter.com/q0YBubJZ1P
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) June 13, 2019
There was no immediate word on Ms Sanders’ likely replacement.
Mr Trump praised Ms Sanders as a “warrior” and “special person” at the media conference and reiterated his suggestion that she run for Arkansas governor.
Ms Sanders was initially appointed deputy White House press secretary in the Trump administration before replacing Sean Spicer in July 2017.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s revealed that Ms Sanders admitted to investigators that she had made an unfounded claim that “countless” FBI agents had reached out to express support for President Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.