White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her deputy Raj Shah are both preparing to resign, according to a report on Wednesday night from CBS News. We’re pretty sure CBS isn’t in the business of making things up, so this story can be taken at face value. The trouble: apparently it wasn’t supposed to become public yet, and Huckabee Sanders is – how can we say this – a bit less than happy about it.
Sources have confirmed to CBS that Huckabee Sanders will depart the White House by the end of the year, and as Palmer Report explained, these kinds of long timeframes for resignations usually end up becoming much shorter when it’s all said and done. This report came just hours after it was revealed that Donald Trump’s fixer Michael Cohen is preparing to cut a plea deal against Trump, suggesting that Huckabee Sanders doesn’t expect Trump to last much longer, and so she’s preparing to bail. But then she learned about the CBS report, and things got ugly.
Here’s what Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted just now on the official White House Press Secretary Twitter account: “Does CBS News know something I don’t about my plans and my future? I was at my daughter’s year-end Kindergarten event and they ran a story about my ‘plans to leave the WH’ without even talking to me. I love my job and am honored to work for POTUS.” So she’s a little upset, eh?
Of course this is precisely the kind of public response you’d expect to see from someone who is planning to resign, but isn’t planning to do so immediately, and didn’t want it to become public yet. By the way, it’s not difficult to figure out how the news of her departure most likely leaked. This week one of her own staffers leaked something to the media, and when Huckabee Sanders gave her entire staff grief for it, five of them turned around and leaked that conversation to the media. Her staffers are in revolt against her as we speak.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report