Sarah Huckabee Sanders touts Trump endorsement

Sarah Huckabee Sanders touts Trump endorsement
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Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders celebrated an endorsement from her former boss as she begins a campaign for Arkansas governor. 

"Thank you President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE for your endorsement and for always believing in me," Sanders said in a tweet late Monday evening. "As governor I will defend our freedom and lead with heart." 
Trump in a statement issued hours earlier called Sanders a "warrior" who will "always fight for the people of Arkansas." He added that Sanders is willing to do "what is right, not what is politically correct." 
"Sarah is strong on borders, tough on crime and fully supports the second amendment and our great law enforcement officers," Trump said. "She loves our military and veterans  and her home state of Arkansas. She will be a GREAT Governor and she has my complete and total endorsement." 
Sanders, a Republican, formally announced her intention to run for governor in a video message Monday morning, promising to mirror Trump's policies and take on "the radical left." 
"I took on the media, the radical left and their cancel culture, and I won," the former press secretary said. "As governor, I will be your voice and never let them silence you." 
Some critics took exception with a dig at the media, including CNN's Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - FBI director testifies on Jan. 6 Capitol attack Conservative reporter confronts CNN's Jim Acosta at CPAC MORE, who covered the White House while Sanders was press secretary and said her campaign for governor would be "gaslit." 
Sanders, whose father, Mike Huckabee, served as governor of Arkansas, joins an increasingly crowded Republican primary field in a deeply red state that includes the state's lieutenant governor and attorney general. The state's current Republican governor, Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonWhy do we still punish crack and powder cocaine offenses differently? Trump to attend private RNC donor retreat The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Tanden's odds plummet to lead OMB MORE, has reached his term limit of eight years in office. 
"Today @SarahHuckabee just announced she's running to be 1st woman Governor of AR," Mike Huckabee said in a tweet of his own on Monday. "But it's not about her gender, but a lifetime of preparation. She's smart & compassionate, but fearless for what's right." 
Trump has not spoken about any definite plans for his own political future, saying only "we'll be back in some form" in his last public remarks as president.