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- White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced she would be leaving the White House soon.
- Sanders often had combative and awkward exchanges with the White House press corps.
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced on Thursday she would be departing the administration soon to return to private life in her home state of Arkansas.
While Sanders often experienced feuds with the White House press corps and came under heavy scrutiny for many of her claims and statements, here are some that stand out from her tenure as President Donald Trump’s chief spokesperson.
1. The Mueller report revealed she lied.
The special counsel report investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election revealed Sanders admitted her claim that FBI employees had lost faith in then-FBI Director James Comey were "not founded on anything."
2. She made strange demands of reporters.
During a press briefing shortly before Thanksgiving, Sanders required each reporter in the room to preface their questions with an example of something they are thankful for, creating a series of awkward exchanges.
"I’m thankful for the First Amendment and for this exercise," said Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev in one instance.
"I think it’s good preparation for Thursday and preparation for your families," Sanders replied.
3. She defended Trump’s retweets of an anti-Muslim extremist.
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After Trump retweeted misleading videos posted by anti-Muslim activists in the United Kingdom. Sanders vigorously defended it.
"Whether it’s a real video, the threat is real," Sanders said. "His goal is to promote strong border security and strong national security."
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