White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her top deputy, Raj Shah, "are both heading for the exits," CBS News reports, citing "sources inside the White House and close to the administration." The departures aren't necessarily imminent — Sanders "has told friends that she plans to leave the administration at the end of the year," CBS News says, and Shah "has not yet settled on an exact date." But President Trump's communications department is already understaffed, with "more departures expected in the coming weeks," a former official predicts.
Neither Shah nor Sanders "responded to repeated requests for comment before this story was published," CBS News says, and neither responded on the record when reached for comment Wednesday night. But Sanders tweeted a reply of sorts:
Does @CBSNews know something I don’t about my plans and my future? I was at my daughter’s year-end Kindergarten event and they ran a story about my “plans to leave the WH” without even talking to me. I love my job and am honored to work for @POTUS
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 14, 2018
That isn't exactly a denial, but it isn't a resignation letter, either. And not only is there historically high turnover at the Trump White House, "nobody wants to come in," a source close to the administration told CBS News. "They've gone through two rounds and now they're at third tier of people who are just lucking out — battlefield promotion ends up promoting people who aren't qualified for the position."
Sanders would probably deny that there's turmoil and widespread misery in the West Wing, but the White House is hosting an "Executive Branch Job Fair" for "competent conservatives" on Friday in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Politico reports. High-level White House staffers are expected to attend. "A job fair is seen as an unusual step for a White House to take," Politico notes. "Typically jobs in the executive branch are coveted career-making opportunities." Peter Weber