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.
Twitter quickly reacted:
Both Sarah Sanders and Raj Shah should never again be given positions of regard or respect.
They knowingly and repeatedly lied to the American people on behalf of a man who fancies himself above the rule of law and the confines of decency.
Never forget it.
— Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈 (@leahmcelrath) June 14, 2018
BREAKING: Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave White House. Plans to become a mattress tester, since he only skill is lying all day and night. @PressSec #
— RichardNixonZombie (@RNixonZombie) June 14, 2018
Sarah Sanders is reportedly leaving the White House. The crane will be there in the morning. She's a beast of a woman.
— the animal from hell (@BronzeHammer) June 14, 2018
Please don't hire this woman to pundit all over my cable news. No no no.
— Jennifer (@JenniferWayne) June 14, 2018
She needs to. Never should have been there in the first place.
— Thinking is powerful (@fyte4urlyf) June 14, 2018