Updated on June 13, 2018, at 11:31 p.m. ET
Sarah Huckabee Sanders fired back against CBS News' report that sources inside of the White House said she and Raj Shah may be leaving the Trump administration. Sources say they are planning their departure, reported CBS News, but Sanders categorically denied it.
She wrote, "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."
Sanders is the press secretary and Raj Shah is the principal deputy press secretary. In addition to her role as the press secretary, Sanders has been a confidante of President Trump since communications director Hope Hicks departed in March 2018.
CBS reported that Sanders told friends that she plans to leave the administration at the end of the year. They said Shah, who has not yet commented, had not set a date for his exit.
Several other less high profile members of the communications department have left in recent weeks. That's in addition to the list of staffers who have left the White House over the last several months,
Those include Hicks; Jared Kushner's top communications aide, Josh Raffel; homeland security adviser Tom Bossert; National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton; Trump personal aide John McEntee; director of White House message strategy Cliff Simms; communications aide Steven Cheung; congressional communications director Kaelan Dorr; assistant press secretary Natalie Strom; and deputy director of media affairs Tyler Ross, noted CBS.
A source close to the administration predicted more exits in the coming months.
"There will be even more people leaving the White House sooner rather than later, laid off or just leaving out of exhaustion. And it is going to be harder to find good people to replace them."
The source also predicted that those positions will become increasingly hard to fill.
"I do think they're going to have a harder time getting the second wave of people in than the first, because those people were loyalists, and [new] folks will have to be recruited and encouraged and then survive the vetting process. In addition to all of that, the president prefers to have a small communications staff."
Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who has studied turnover dating back to the Reagan administration, commented on the high turnover rate in the Trump White House. She told CBS that this level in the private sector would have "stock and shareholders ... going nuts."
"So many people haven't even stayed in these jobs to master the learning curve," Tenpas told CBS News. "It's kind of one of those things where we may not know the vulnerability of lacking expertise unless there is a crisis—or a crisis that may have been averted had a person been in the room."
Another source close to the administration added: "[T]hey'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."
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