Sanders took to Twitter on Friday to say farewell. The daughter of Baptist minister, former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, posted:
"Today I’ll walk out the gates of the White House for the last time as Press Secretary with my head held high. It’s been the honor and privilege of a lifetime to work with President [Donald Trump] and his amazing team the last three and a half years. You’re the best...Thank you!"
Today I’ll walk out the gates of the White House for the last time as Press Secretary with my head held high. It’s… https://t.co/cXVJo5oHWQ— Stephanie Grisham (@Stephanie Grisham)1561733093.0
Sanders repeated President Donald Trump's claim that she held the position for 3 1/2 years, but Sanders became Press Secretary in July 26, 2017, making her tenure a month shy of two years.
I am blessed and forever grateful to @realDonaldTrump for the opportunity to serve and proud of everything he’s acc… https://t.co/TEdioI6B5r— Stephanie Grisham (@Stephanie Grisham)1560460329.0
Neither explained why they keep referring to 3 1/2 years as press secretary, but Sanders did work on Trump's 2016 campaign.
Sanders' goodbye received a less than fond farewell. Many replied directly to Sanders.
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump Here’s someone who can hold their head high. https://t.co/SpGtTU8W5w— Alan Farago (@Alan Farago)1561755260.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump Saying “with my head held high” let’s us know you’re aware of what you did and know you… https://t.co/PMedDbvK0O— Rosie (@Rosie)1561745943.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump You should slither out with your head held low in shame.— Cheri Jacobus (@Cheri Jacobus)1561733679.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump How sad that the pinnacle of your achievements has been to be remembered as the WH L I… https://t.co/5Fn3DEf8PB— 1finekitty VOTED BLUE ❄️🌊🔜 (@1finekitty VOTED BLUE ❄️🌊🔜)1561752933.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump Best liar ever to hold the job. Even you couldn’t stomach it any longer, huh?— Steve Blum (@Steve Blum)1561740692.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump Just leave. Nobody cares. You sucked and won’t be missed.— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1561743461.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump Oh no, and you didn't even get to do this to the WH press before you left? Oh well, back… https://t.co/8kPakXJAXy— Fred Himes Jr. (@Fred Himes Jr.)1561755947.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump One last lie on the way out the door— Robert Lusetich (@Robert Lusetich)1561734986.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump .... you should put your head down. Cause, you know, the whole "lying sack of shit" thing.— Rachel Fine (@Rachel Fine)1561742762.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump You have brought shame to the proud Huckabee na- (nvm)— Dave Zirin (@Dave Zirin)1561749417.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump Good luck back in Possum Hallow https://t.co/WTOXl5LFzn— Dwayne Wills (@Dwayne Wills)1561755389.0
People wondered what life after the White House would be like for Sanders.
We should make it impossible for Sarah Sanders (or anyone who has ever worked in service of the Trump administratio… https://t.co/UQYghpCeeO— Lauren Duca (@Lauren Duca)1561749444.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump Accused Rapist's Liar will look real bangin' on the ole resume.— Jeremy Newberger (@Jeremy Newberger)1561733365.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump May you be heckled at every restaurant you try to dine at, and publicly called out as th… https://t.co/zpN96QbVcf— RebelCo (@RebelCo)1561755365.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump We have different definitions of what kind of behavior merits "holding your head high"… https://t.co/HlECuByGF2— Rabbi Jill Zimmerman (@Rabbi Jill Zimmerman)1561748003.0
@akkitwts @PressSec @realDonaldTrump And if she asks why her food is taking so long, don't answer her question but… https://t.co/MjjvpoHl79— Ishkur (@Ishkur)1561748268.0
Some did say goodbye however.
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump Farewell and good riddance to our liar-in-chief's associate liar. You have served effec… https://t.co/FSau4Mho7y— Arnie Geller (@Arnie Geller)1561753601.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump Thanks for all the lies Sarah! Good luck in your next Con— fins5512 (@fins5512)1561741122.0
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump Don’t let the door hit you on the way out https://t.co/algvqvQDCQ— AO (@AO)1561740854.0
Huckabee Sanders exact plans for the future were not announced, however many speculate she may run for governor in Arkansas. President Trump brought her onstage during his 2020 presidential campaign kickoff MAGA rally in Orlando. His official announcement of Sanders leaving the White House also referenced her being the governor of Arkansas.
....She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to… https://t.co/A2HKT8oVGg— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1560456626.0
One person did offer Sanders a parting gift however, something to remember her time in Washington DC.
@PressSec @realDonaldTrump Here's a nice portrait to hang above your fireplace to remember those "great" times. https://t.co/sldUkd2l2D— Girl with kaleidoscope eyes (@Girl with kaleidoscope eyes)1561752422.0
White House correspondent April Ryan wrote about working at the White House with the Trump administration. Her book Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House is available here.