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 TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? 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) AcostaTwo shot outside of popular restaurants in DC, police still searching for suspects Fauci: Smallpox wouldn't have been eradicated with today's 'false information' Trump brings show to border 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 HutchinsonHuckabee Sanders vows not to impose mask, vaccine mandates if elected governor of Arkansas Arkansas Democrats push Republicans to end ban on mask mandates Overnight Health Care: Drug companies reach tentative B opioid settlement | COVID-19 deaths push drop in life expectancy | WHO chief: Virus risk inevitable at Olympics 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.