Sarah A. Matthews

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Sarah Anne Matthews
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White House Deputy Press Secretary
In office
June 8, 2020 – January 7, 2021
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byEric Schultz
Succeeded byTyler Joseph Ducklo
Personal details
Sarah Anne Matthews

(1995-04-20) April 20, 1995 (age 27)
North Canton, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationKent State University (BA)

Sarah Matthews (born April 20, 1995) is a former White House Deputy Press Secretary to the 33rd White House Press Secretary and Special Assistant to the 45th President of the United States[1] from June 8, 2020[2] to January 7, 2021.[3] During her time as the White House Spokesperson, Matthews gave statements to The Washington Post,[4] NBC News,[5] and Fox News Radio,[6] and has since been featured by The New York Times.[7]

She previously worked on the Trump Campaign, as a communications manager for the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, and as a press secretary for the Energy and Commerce Committee. Matthews is currently the communications director for the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, as of February 8, 2021.[8]

Matthews was a press aide to numerous Republican representatives before joining Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign, and eventually being selected by Kayleigh McEnany to join the White House press office as one of her deputies.

Early life[edit]

Sarah Anne Matthews was born in North Canton, Ohio to Republican political officials Jeffrey A. Matthews and Heidi R. Matthews (née Penrod). She has one sibling, Emily C. Hyde (née Matthews). She graduated from high school in 2013 and attended college the same year. In 2016, she interned for Rob Portman, John Boehner, Paul Ryan, and the 2016 Republican National Convention.[9]

Matthews graduated from Kent State University in 2017,[1] while at the same time working for the House of Representatives in Washington, DC.


Sarah Matthews is a career civil servant, working in Washington, DC immediately out of college.

She resigned on January 6, 2021 following the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol.[10]

Matthews was a spokeswoman for Donald Trump in 2020, mostly responding to and providing damage control on controversies to the Trump Campaign, including criticism from Mary Trump and updates on the coronavirus pandemic. She described her experience as “a daily lesson in crisis communications,” that gave her the experience to “survive the most high-pressure jobs.”[7]

Capitol Hill internships[edit]

During her time at Kent State University, Matthews was an active participant of the Kent State branch of the College Republican National Committee, holding the role of Club Treasurer. Matthews was also involved in extracurriculars such as UNICEF, the Public Relations Society of America, the Stark County Republican Conference, and as a work-study for the dean's office of the KSU College of Communication and Information, and a contributor to the student newspaper, The Kent Stater.[11]

House of Representatives[edit]

Between 2017 and 2019, Matthews worked in communications on two separate House of Representatives committees, the Republican Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the Republican Homeland Security Committee.[12]

Trump campaign and transition to Trump Administration[edit]

In 2019, Matthews was originally part of the Donald J. Trump Presidential Campaign for the 2020 election, after two years of working as a Republican aide in the House or Representatives, before transitioning to the White House.

In Feb. 2020, Matthews was criticized by CNN reporter Daniel Dale for misrepresenting unemployment figures. On Feb. 25, 2020 at 22:18, Matthews responded on Twitter, "Hi @ddale8, Here's a fact check for you: I work for the @realDonaldTrump campaign, not the White House!"[13]

On June 9, four months later, Politico reported that Matthews had joined the White House staff under newly-selected White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany-Gilmartin, who filled the role on April 7, 2020 (replacing Stephanie Grisham).[14]

Trump Administration[edit]

In June 2020, Kayleigh McEnany hired Sarah Matthews, along with Brian Morgenstern, Harrison E. Fields, and Charles "Chad" Gilmartin (her cousin-in-law via her husband Sean Gilmartin), as one of her deputy press secretaries, upon recently assuming the post of White House Press Secretary.

On July 7, 2020, Matthews defended President Trump against claims by his niece, Mary L. Trump, who alleged the President had an abusive childhood and cheated on his SATs. Matthews called the SAT claim “absolutely false,” and said Donald Trump had told her that his relationship with Fred Trump was “warm,” “loving,” “very good to him,” and “not hard on him at all.”[15]

On Jan. 6th, 2021 Matthews resigned from the White House,[16] and began applying to work in communications for House Republicans.[7]

Return to House of Representatives[edit]

On Feb. 8, Matthews joined to a minority select committee on climate change as communications director.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Sarah A. Matthews is originally from North Canton, a south suburb of the City of Cleveland, located in Stark County, Northeast Ohio. She currently resides in the Capitol Beltway Area, a suburban metropolitan region of Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, and Washington, DC. She is a fan of the Cleveland Browns football team, Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, and Cleveland Indians baseball team.[17] Matthews is a supporter of the Republican Party.

See also[edit]

  • Timeline of the Donald Trump presidency


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  2. Palmer, Anna; Sherman, Jake. "POLITICO Playbook 06/09/2020: Transitions". POLITICO. Retrieved 2021-02-11. TRANSITIONS -- Austin Cantrell is leaving the White House and going back to Florida to launch his own firm. … Sarah Matthews has joined the White House comms shop as deputy press secretary. She was previously with the Trump campaign. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
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  5. "Fact check: Trump says he can use executive authority on mail voting. Can he?". NBC News. Retrieved 2021-02-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Rogers, Katie (2021-01-29). "Job Seekers With Trump White House on Their Résumés Face a Cold Reality". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-02-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
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  12. Matthews, Sarah. "Twitter Bio: @sarahamatthews on Twitter". Twitter. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. Matthews, Sarah (February 25, 2020). "@sarahamatthews1 on Twitter: Hi @ddale8. Here's a fact check for you: I work for the @realDonaldTrump campaign, not the White House!". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
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