Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who served as President Donald Trump’s White House press secretary from July 2017 through June 2019, has landed a new job as a Fox News contributor, the network announced Thursday morning.
Sanders will make her debut with the network on Fox & Friends on Sept. 6, and you can expect to see her appearing across shows on Fox News, Fox Business, and on the network’s streaming platform, Fox Nation.
This is far from the first time a former White House press secretary has landed on television. Two former George W. Bush press secretaries – Ari Fleischer and Dana Perino – are already employed by Fox News. All three of Barack Obama’s press secretaries landed on cable news – Jay Carney at CNN, Robert Gibbs and Josh Earnest at NBC News. The most prominent example is Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos, who served as Bill Clinton’s press secretary before joining ABC News.
Several others from Trump’s White House have also landed at Fox News, which has remained Trump’s go-to news network thanks to his close ties with several hosts, including Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Jeannie Pirro.
Last October, former White House communications director and Trump confidant Hope Hicks was hired as the executive vice president and chief communications officer of Fox Corp., which owns Fox News, Fox Sports, and several local television stations across the country, including Fox 29 in Philadelphia.
Fox Corp. also hired former White House spokesman Raj Shah as a senior vice president last month, though it’s unclear what his day-to-day responsibilities are with the company.
During her nearly two-year stint at the White House, Sanders was best known for her heated confrontations with reporters and her dismantling of the White House daily press briefing, a move widely criticized by both reporters and former officials.
“It was one of the most powerful tools that the White House had to signal to the rest of the world what its message was and what its beliefs were,” Katie Hill, a former assistant press secretary for President Barack Obama, told the New York Times back in June.