Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Thursday she will be leaving her post as White House press secretary by the end of the month. At a White House event later in the day, President Trump thanked Sanders for her work and asked her to make some remarks.
"This has been the honor of a lifetime, the opportunity of a lifetime," Sanders said. "I couldn't be prouder to have had the opportunity to serve my country an particularly to work for this President. He has accomplished so much in these two and a half years and it's truly been something I will treasure forever. It's one of the greatest jobs I could ever have. I've loved every minute even the hard minutes. I've loved it. I love the president."
PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP: I thought maybe I just take a moment. So, at the White House, and been with me now three and a half years before I won, before the election, is a person, a friend, a woman, a great, great, magnificent person actually named Sarah Huckabee Sanders. And she's very popular. She's very popular.
And she's done an incredible job. We've been through a lot together. And she's tough but she's good. You know, you also have tough and bad, right? She's tough and she's good. She's great.
And she's going to be leaving the service of her country, and she is going to be going, I guess you could say, private sector, but I hope she's going to--she comes from a great state, Arkansas. That was the state I won by a lot, so I like it, right?
But we love Arkansas. And she's going to be going back to Arkansas with her great family, her husband, who's a fantastic guy, and her family. And I don't know, Phil and folks, if we can get her to run for the governor of Arkansas. I think she'll do very well. And I--I'm trying to get her to do that.
But I just saw her in the room and I really wanted to call her up. She is a special person, a very, very fine woman. She has been so great. She has such heart. She's strong but with great, great heart and I want to thank you for an outstanding job.
SANDERS: Yes, sir.
TRUMP: And thank you. Come. Thank you.
SANDERS: Thank you. Thank you so much.
SANDERS: I'll try not to get emotional because I know crying can make us look weak sometimes, right?
SANDERS: This has been the honor of a lifetime, the opportunity of a lifetime. I couldn't be prouder to have had the opportunity to serve my country an particularly to work for this President. He has accomplished so much in these two and a half years and its truly been something I will treasure forever. It's one of the greatest jobs I could ever have. I've loved every minute even the hard minutes. I've loved it. I love the president. I love the team that I've had the opportunity to work for. The President is surrounded by some of the most incredible and most talented people you could ever imagine and it's truly the most special experience. The only one I can think of that might top it just a little bit is the fact that I'm a mom. I have three amazing kids. And, I'm going to spend a little more time with them.
SANDERS: And--in the--in the meantime I'm going to continue to be one of the most outspoken and loyal supporters of the president and his agenda and I know he's going to have an incredible six more years and get a whole lot more done like what we're here to celebrate today and I don't want to take away from that. So, I certainly want to get back to the tremendous thing that the people behind me have done. And thank you so much, Mr. President. It's truly an honor.
TRUMP: Thank you, dear.
TRUMP: Great. Great person. Great person. Thank you, Sarah. Great--she's a warrior. You guys know what warriors are, right? Yeah, you're warriors. We're all warriors. We have no choice. We have to be warriors in this world but she's a warrior. Thank you, Sarah very much.