Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., on Friday said his daughter, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, "has no desire" to have the job of current press secretary Sean Spicer, The Hill reported.
Sanders had been filling in for Spicer since May 5 during a tumultuous week where President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey. Spicer was on a planned absence fulfilling obligations with the U.S. Navy Reserve, but returned for Friday's press briefing.
"She really, really likes Sean and respects him a lot and really enjoys working with him and has no desire to take the job that he has," Huckabee said.
"She's going to be grateful for the opportunity she has, and she has no intention of being anything but the person who is the deputy press secretary," he added.
After filling in for Spicer, Huckabee quipped his daughter "might think it's easier to be in the Navy at war than to go in that briefing room. She may enlist just to get an easier job, enlist for frontline combat."
The White House faced especially intense introspection over Comey's firing since the FBI was investigating the possibility of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Sanders suffered a few "blunders" while fielding questions about Comey's departure, Fox News reported, but exhibited a "calm, cool and collected approach to rapid-fire questioning" which stood in contrast to "Spicer's own brash mannerisms."
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