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Report: Sarah Huckabee Sanders plans to leave the White House, deputy Shah to follow

FILE - White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addresses the media, July 21, 2017. (The White House via MGN)

UPDATE: Sarah Sanders has denied the CBS report that she plans to leave the White House.

(KUTV) -- CBS News reports press secretary Sarah Sanders and principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah are planning to leave the White House.

Sanders, who was appointed White House Press Secretary to President Donald Trump in July 2017, has reportedly told friends of her planned departure near the end of the year, the news outlet reported.

Shah is also considering leaving but hasn't revealed a time frame for his departure, CBS reported.

Numerous staffers have left the White House, and CBS News listed recent departures as follows:

  • Hope Hicks, communications director
  • Jared Kushner's top communications aide
  • Josh Raffel; homeland security adviser
  • Tom Bossert; National Security Council spokesman
  • Michael Anton; Trump personal aide
  • John McEntee; director of White House message strategy
  • Cliff Simms; communications aide
  • Steven Cheung; congressional communications director
  • Kaelan Dorr; assistant press secretary
  • Natalie Strom; and deputy director of media affairs Tyler Ross.

Turnover during Trump's first year in office was 34 percent -- nearly four times higher than turnover during the first year of the Obama administration, CBS reported.

Sanders responded to CBS' report saying, "I love my job and am honored to work for @POTUS."

"Does @CBSNews 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," Sanders said.


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