Srinagar: Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and longtime aide to Donald Trump, has announced her resignation, media reports said on Thursday.
The White House confirmed news of Hicks’ departure, one day after Hicks testified before the House intelligence committee for nine hours as part of the panel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump,” Hicks said in a statement. “I wish the President and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country.”
Hicks had served as the press secretary for Trump’s insurgent presidential campaign before taking on similar duties in the White House. She previously worked at the Trump Organization and went on to become Trump’s longest-serving political aide.
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“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” Trump said in a statement.
“She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future.”
Hicks, 29, a former model, had no political experience when she joined Trump’s tumultuous campaign for the White House. She quickly rose as one of his closest confidantes, ranking among the few aides to develop an understanding of Trump’s brash persona and unpredictable temperament.
Hicks initially served as a press secretary within the White House, before taking on the role of communications director following a series of high-profile departures last year.
In that role, Hicks was tasked with bringing stability to Trump’s unruly press shop, which in its early stages was dominated by leaks and constant reports of infighting.
(Courtesy: The Guardian)