April Ryan on 'farewell drinks' for Sarah Sanders: 'I won't be there!'

White House correspondent and CNN political analyst April Ryan said she won't be attending a farewell event organized by two members of the White House press corps for White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersBiden pledges return to daily press briefings as president Sarah Sanders: I will walk out of the White House 'with my head held high' Trump directs Pentagon to develop policy allowing service academy athletes to go pro right away MORE Sanders on Monday in Washington, D.C.

"I won't be there!" Ryan told Newsweek about the upcoming event at a D.C. restaurant.

President Trump announced on June 13 that Sanders was stepping down as press secretary after nearly two years serving as the president's top spokeswoman. Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), replaced Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerTrump falsely claims his events have never 'had an empty seat' Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank Sarah Sanders: I will walk out of the White House 'with my head held high' MORE in July 2017.


Ryan and Sanders clashed often during briefings and on Twitter, including during the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday in which Ryan questioned whether Sanders actually baked a pecan pie featured in a photo she shared on Twitter.

HuffPost reported on Thursday that two reporters, Politico's Anita Kumar and the Daily Mail's Francesca Chambers, began inviting reporters and some administration staffers for "farewell drinks" for Sanders, who hasn't held a daily briefing in more than 100 days.