BREAKING: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Leaving The White House

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders listens to a question during a press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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According to CBS News, White House Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah are both leaving the White House.

Sanders, who has become a close confidante of Donald Trump since the departure of former communications director Hope Hicks, has told friends that she plans to leave the administration at the end of the year. Shah is also considering his exit, but he has not yet settled on an exact date.

Sanders has come under increasing fire from the media for her shorter and shorter press briefings and repeated dodging of questions from the podium.

Several other lower-level positions in the communications department left vacant in recent weeks are likely to remain unfilled, with more departures expected in the coming weeks, according to a former official.

Numerous staffers have left the White House over the last several months, some voluntarily and others having been forced out. Those departures include Hicks; Jared Kushner’s top communications aide, Josh Raffel; homeland security adviser Tom Bossert; National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton; Trump personal aide John McEntee; director of White House message strategy Cliff Simms; communications aide Steven Cheung; congressional communications director Kaelan Dorr; assistant press secretary Natalie Strom; and deputy director of media affairs Tyler Ross.

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