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Sarah Sanders denies she’s leaving the White House—and no one’s buying it

The optics ain't great.


David Covucci


Posted on Jun 14, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 1:35 pm CDT

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted a strident denial last night of a CBS News report that she was plotting her White House exit.

The only problem with that? No one believed her.

CBS published its report late Wednesday, saying that Sanders had told friends she would be leaving the White House soon. CBS also reported on the possible departure of her deputy, Raj Shah.

And while it’s within Sanders right to challenge the report, her adamant answer to it would probably have a lot more force if it didn’t come in the wake of a week where she and the White House’s credibility was repeatedly challenged the press.

Although this administration has always been a hive of disinformation—including a report this week that said it was deliberately planting false stories to catch leakers (which hey, maybe this was one?)—Sanders’ relationship with the truth came to a head last week over accusations she lied from the White House podium.

Sanders was pressed over a report about the White House counsel’s communication with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, which revealed some statements Sanders made that were inaccurate or misleading. Sanders refused to retract her false statement or apologize for misleading the White House press corps.

Add that to the fact that a number of Trump officials have publicly stated their love of serving the president, only to get the ax a short time later, and no one on Twitter could let Sanders’ denial stand.

We will update this story with the announcement of Press Secretary Judge Jeanine Pirro in, oh, two weeks.

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*First Published: Jun 14, 2018, 8:04 am CDT