As part of Politico’s “Women Rule” series of interviews, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders recently spoke with reporter Eliana Johnson — and she didn’t hold back.
In one of the most quoteworthy moments from the interview that was no-doubt devastating to her liberal opponents, Sanders told Politico that she wants to be remembered for doing “the very best job” she could.
Sanders’ eventual legacy
After fielding questions about Trump’s dealings with Congress, his relationship with outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly, and his tumultuous relationship with certain members of the media, Johnson shifted the focus of her interview toward Sanders herself, posing questions about juggling her job and family before asking what she would like her legacy to be once her job had concluded.
“I hope it will be that I showed up every day and did the very best job that I could to put forward the president’s message, to do the best job I could to answer questions, to be transparent and honest throughout that process, and to do everything I could to make America better that day than it was the day before,” Sanders said.
That reply drew just a smattering of applause from what could be described as a not-particularly-friendly audience at the event, which typically highlights liberal women.
Of the applause she received, Sanders joked: “Well, at least there is one.”
The importance of the job to her
Asked if she had “changed” the press secretary role in any way, Sanders suggested that all press secretaries impart a little bit of themselves to the job, but noted that her being a mother may open up the role to other working moms in the future. She also noted that she tries to bring humor to an otherwise typically humorless job, and also expressed gratitude for how the job has allowed her to openly share her Christian faith with others.
“I think the most important thing for me to take away is to be another woman who’s been in that position of power and influence in this administration,” Sanders said.
She added: “Something else that is important to me, I am a person of deep faith, and so to be able to be in such a public way and speak openly about my faith is something else that is very important to me and I’m glad that I’ve had the opportunity to do it.”
Sanders was also asked about “rumors” that she intended to leave the job in the near future. With a chuckle, Sanders replied: “Not that I know about, I know it’s been reported. Someone actually asked me the other day, ‘Can you tell me about your delayed departure?’ I said I didn’t know I was departing, so the fact that it was delayed is also news to me.”
She went on:
But, again, I take things one day at a time, and as long as I feel like I’ve been called to the place that I am, and I feel like I am an effective messenger for the president, and frankly he feels that I’m an effective messenger for him, I’d like to continue doing what I do.
“I love my job, I love the people I work with, it’s an honor to work for the president, an honor to work in the White House and I’m glad that I have the privilege to do that every day,” she concluded.
Though many on the left and in the media look upon Sanders with disdain — whether it be over her looks, her faith, or her association with Trump — Trump’s press secretary has been an incredibly effective one that is well-liked by his supporters, many of whom would prefer that she stay in that role for as long as possible.