Trump invites Sarah Sanders onstage at rally after touting her as potential governor

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE on Tuesday fêted outgoing White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersBill Press: Mulvaney proves need for daily briefings White House correspondent April Ryan to moderate fundraising event for Buttigieg White House press secretary defends lack of daily briefings: Trump 'is the most accessible president in history' MORE Sanders at a rally where he officially announced his 2020 reelection campaign.

Trump invited Sanders onstage just under an hour into his speech in Orlando, Fla., to a deafening ovation, calling her a “warrior” who would make a good governor of her home state of Arkansas.

“We’re going to miss her,” Trump said.


Sanders, who is making her final presidential trip, said that serving as press secretary “has truly been an honor of a lifetime” and predicted Trump would win a second term.

“He made America great again and continues to make America great,” she said. “He’s going to have an incredible six more years.”

Trump announced that Sanders was leaving her post after a turbulent two-year run as the president’s top spokeswoman. She presided over the end of the daily White House press briefing but became a star among Trump supporters for her fierce defense of the president in past briefings and on cable news.

Sanders also appeared onstage with Trump at a campaign rally in April, when the president joked he would have to fire her because she was becoming “too popular.”

Her two rally appearances in the past two months outnumber the number of formal press briefings she has held in that time. The last White House press briefing occurred on March 11.

Trump’s White House staff has come under scrutiny for violating the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in political activities in the course of their official duties. A federal watchdog recommended that Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayOvernight Health Care: House to vote next week on drug prices bill | Conway says Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping | US spent trillion on hospitals in 2018 White House adopts confident tone after Pelosi signals go on impeachment Conway: Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping issue MORE be fired for repeated violations.

Other White House staffers were reprimanded for using the president’s “Make America Great Again” slogan on their official Twitter accounts.

It’s unclear whether Sanders’s appearance would pose any issues.