A day after the announcement of Sarah Sanders’ upcoming departure, a Trump confidant says the president has four leading candidates under consideration to replace her as White House Press Secretary.
They include: Heather Nauert who joined the State Department as spokeswoman in April 2017, and left earlier this year.
And deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley -- often seen on talk shows as Trump's stand-in.
Also in the running, according to the source, is: Steve Mnuchin's outgoing spokesman at the Treasury Department and the first lady’s communication director Stephanie Grisham.
The White House has declined to comment.
Sanders had taken on her White House role after an often combative Sean Spicer left in July 2017… The 36-year-old went on to become one of the president's most loyal supporters... of late drawing fire from reporters for limiting daily briefings, with Trump preferring to take questions himself from reporters.
The last briefing was 94 days ago.
But with countless conservative supporters, Sanders has long been rumored as a future gubernatorial candidate in Arkansas — where her father Mike Huckabee once held the position.
And with glowing praise from the president, this goodbye seems to be on the best possible terms.