Who will replace Sarah Sanders? Race is on for coveted press secretary role

Melania Trump spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham, Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley and former State Department spokesman Heather Nauert are among possible choices for White House press secretary. (Getty, Reuters).

The surprise announcement that Sarah Sanders plans to leave the Trump administration has sparked a heated contest to succeed her as White House press secretary, with President Trump telling Fox News “a lot of people” are angling for the gig.

Speaking to “Fox & Friends” on Friday, the president declined to name who he is considering for the job but said, “I have a lot of people that want it — a lot of great people — and sometimes you have so many that makes it more difficult.”

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Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley, former State Department spokesman Heather Nauert and Melania Trump adviser Stephanie Grisham are among those believed to be under consideration for the role, according to one source close to the White House.

Gidley is close to Sanders, having previously worked on her father Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaigns. He is currently the principal deputy White House spokesman.

Nauert, a former Fox News journalist, was the top State Department

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