Sanders dismisses — but doesn't deny — reports about her exit

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday said news outlets “got a little ahead of their skis” in reporting that she plans to leave her post before the end of this year.

Sanders stopped short of a full denial when asked about a CBS News report saying she and her deputy, Raj Shah, are eyeing the exits, but said she enjoys her job and prays for “clarity” about her future. 

“I can tell you that I show up here every day. I love my job. I’m glad to work for the president,” Sanders told reporters.


“Each and every day, I’ll pray for clarity and discernment about what my future looks like,” she added. “I think the country’s looks pretty good, and I’m glad to be a part of that process, and I'm going to continue to do my job."

Sanders declined to say how long she or other White House staffers might stay, saying she has “no personnel announcements.”

The White House press and communications shop has long struggled with its task of speaking for a mercurial president, while being wracked by damaging leaks and personal infighting. 

In any administration, the job of White House press secretary is extremely demanding, with the typical length of service being two years or less.

Sanders’s predecessor, Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerSpicer puts his 'Dancing with the Stars' puffy neon green shirt up for charity auction Spicer on 'Dancing with the Stars': 'Those of us who stand for #Christ won't be discounted' Spicer makes debut on 'Dancing With the Stars' to Spice Girls song MORE, lasted about six months before resigning.  

Minutes before taking the podium, several news organizations reported White House legislative director Marc Short is also expected to leave before the November midterm elections.