If you thought you’ve seen less of Sarah Huckabee Sanders recently, it’s not your imagination. The White House press secretary has been notably absent recently. She hasn’t held a single press briefing since December 18, before the record-setting government shutdown started.
President Trump claims he’s told her not to hold the briefings anymore, tweeting:
“I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway! Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!”
She claims she’s still accessible to members of the media, though a Washington Examiner survey found that Huckabee Sanders presided over fewer news conference than any of her predecessors since the briefings were televised in 1995.
Part of why we’re hearing less from Huckabee Sanders is because Trump himself is taking more questions. President Trump has directly fielded more media questions than any president since Bill Clinton.
We have to wonder if Huckabee Sanders might be on the way out, following in the footsteps of Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci, and Hope Hicks. All of those earlier press staffers in the White House had a little trouble dumping their baggage upon their exit and landing their next gig.
Is Sarah struggling to figure out her next steps while Trump lets her bide her time for a little bit? Or is he getting ready to say: “You’re fired!”?