President Donald Trump stands with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who announced that she is stepping down as the White House press secretary, during his rally where he announced his candidacy for a second presidential term at the Amway Center on June 18, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Getty/Joe Raedle)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders slated to release memoir about working in Trump's White House

The former White House staffer's book is expected to hit shelves during the thick of the 2020 presidential election


Matthew Rozsa
September 5, 2019 7:33PM (UTC)

It's official: Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is slated to write a memoir about her time working in President Donald Trump's administration.

The still-untitled work, which will be published by St. Martin's Press, is expected to be released in the autumn of 2020, according to Politico. At the time, her former boss is expected to be in the thick of a re-election campaign for a second term at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

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The possibility of Sanders writing a book was first reported by Axios in June before being further hinted at by a campaign-style website launched by the former White House staffer turned Fox News contributor last month.

"Sarah Huckabee Sanders served as White House press secretary for President Donald J. Trump from 2017 to 2019," the website explains under a section called "Meet Sarah." "A trusted confidante of the president, Sarah advised him on everything from press and communications strategy to personnel and policy. Sarah is only the third woman — and the very first mom — to ever hold the job of White House press secretary."

"Upon her departure from the administration, President Trump described Sarah as 'irreplaceable,' a 'warrior' and 'very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job,'" Sanders' site adds. "An early supporter of President Trump, Sarah joined the Trump campaign as a senior advisor in February 2016 during the Republican primary and continued in that role through the president’s defeat of Hillary Clinton, one of the greatest and most unexpected victories in American history."

Sanders has maintained a busy schedule since leaving the 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. over the summer. Last month, it was announced that she had joined Fox News as a contributor, with the network saying that she would "provide political commentary and analysis across all of Fox News Media, including Fox News Channel (FNC), Fox Business Network (FBN), Fox News Digital, Fox Nation and the radio/podcast division."

This made Sanders the third Trump White House alum to work for Fox in some capacity, with former White House communications director Hope Hicks and former White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah becoming an executive vice president and chief communications officer and a senior vice president of Fox Corporation, respectively.

There are also rumors that Sanders is planning to mount a bid for governor of Arkansas, an office once held by her father, Mike Huckabee. The president himself alluded to as much in a pair of tweets posted ahead of Sanders' departure from the White House. Her father ran for president in the 2008 and 2016 elections and later served as a Fox News contributor himself.

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"After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas...." Trump tweeted at the time.

He later added, "....She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas - she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!"


Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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