Sarah Palin said Tuesday she will be leaving politics to pursue a career in business, telling the Washington Examiner that she is leaving her post as Vice President of Family Policy at a time when the GOP is struggling with health care legislation.
“I feel it is time to go back to the private sector,” she said during a forum at the Washington Ideas Festival.
“I am leaving to pursue my business interests and to help bring more prosperity to our communities.”
Palin, a former governor of Alaska and Alaska’s first female governor, said she will focus her time on her family’s business, a statement that was first reported by the Washington Post.
“This is the last year for my family and I to pursue the full extent of my ambitions,” she added.
“But I will continue to do what I love to do.”
She also told the Examiner that it was time to focus on family and grandchildren instead of trying to run for office.
“It’s time for me to focus my attention on the needs of my family, on my grandkids, and on bringing a brighter future for my children and grandchildren,” she told the publication.
Palin said she plans to work with former President Donald Trump on a variety of issues, including “climate change” and the “threat of terrorism.”
“I will continue the great work of the Bush administration, including the successful War on Terror and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief,” she wrote.
“And I will work with the Trump administration to implement President Trump’s agenda on the economy and our country’s long-term security.”
Palins new book, The Unauthorized Biography of Sarah Palin, will be published in April.
The book will be the first Palin biography to be published outside of the United States.
Palins first memoir was released in 2008 and is the result of a long-running feud with Palin over the former vice presidential candidate’s role in a 2010 film in which she was the villain.
In her book, Palin portrays herself as a victim of sexual assault, which led to her seeking help from her daughter Sarah, who was 14 at the time.
Palinkas story has since become an obsession for many conservatives who want to see her exonerated, and Palin’s memoir has been viewed by millions of Americans.
The book was released on May 1 and is now the top-selling book in history, according to Nielsen Bookscan.
It has more than 9 million copies sold in print, and more than 100 million copies have been purchased online, according the company.