Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took the lead at White House press conferences earlier this week, and many approved of her performance. But her father, Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.), says his feisty daughter has “no intention” of doing the job permanently.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was absent for several days at the beginning of the week in order to fulfill his Navy Reserve duty. His long-planned absence left deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders as his stand-in during a turbulent time at the White House.
Tuesday, President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey shocked Washington. As a visible member of the Trump administration, Huckabee Sanders was hammered by a deluge of questions from the press.
“After this week Sarah might think it’s easier to be in the Navy at war than to go in that briefing room,” said Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of his daughter’s experience. “She may enlist just to get an easier job, enlist for frontline combat,” he mused.
Comey’s controversial firing was questioned by members of the press due to the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Huckabee Sanders, who had assumed Spicer’s duties on May 5, handled the press skillfully.
During an interview with Fox News, Gov. Huckabee said, “She likes what she’s doing. She really, really likes Sean and respects him a lot and really enjoys working with him and has no desire to take the job that he has.”
Although Gov. Huckabee said his daughter is “grateful for the opportunity,” he believes “she has no intention of being anything but the person who is the deputy press secretary.”
Best part of daughter Sarah at WH press brief? Mentioning my granddaughter Scarlett’s 5th birthday today. The rest was great too of course!
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) May 10, 2017
H/T: The Hill
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