Former Press Secretary Sarah Sanders reveals Trump rewarded her 'killer' media conferences with juicy STARBURSTS
President Donald Trump delighted in Sarah Huckabee Sanders' press briefings, calling her a "f***** killer" and rewarding her with Starbursts, according to the former press secretary's upcoming memoir.
Sanders, the daughter of Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, worked on Trump's campaign and then as White House press secretary from 2017 to 2019 following an arrangement between the president and her father.
The memoir, titled "Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House," is not an expose of alleged dirty dealings in the Trump White Houses in the tradition of many of the president's former staffers.
Instead, it is full of praise for Trump, paving the way for what most observers assume will be a run for her father's former perch as governor of Arkansas – a state Trump won by double digits.
Sanders was by all accounts one of Trump's most trusted confidantes; he had her prep Brett Kavanaugh for his Senate hearings and advise him on diplomacy.
Trump once told Sanders North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had "hit on" her after he appeared to wink at her, and said she should capitalize on the opportunity.
"Go to North Korea and take one for the team," she quotes him as saying.
Sanders' tenure was tumultuous. She had an often-adversarial relationship with the press.
In one briefing, she declined to address a lengthy New York Times investigation into Trump's business dealings and taxes, saying, “I won’t go through every line of a very boring 14,000-word story.”
She was also accused of lying to the press after claiming many FBI agents had privately hailed Trump's decision to fire Director James Comey before retracting the statement when she faced further scrutiny.
Sanders ultimately did away with the tradition of daily press briefings.
When she left her job, her replacement, Stephanie Grisham, never held a briefing for her entire tenure, instead appearing on conservative news outlets.
The current press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, gave the first White House press briefing in 417 days on May 1, 2020.
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