• She got her start promoting Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand, before earning Donald Trump’s trust and becoming a part of his inner circle.
• Hicks has recently been embroiled in a number of White House controversies.
• She announced her resignation Wednesday.
Hope Hicks was the youngest person to ever hold the position of White House communications director.
Business Insider reported she resigned from the White House role today.
Hicks is recognised as one of President Donald Trump’s inner circle, and is one of his longest-serving advisers.
She was recently embroiled in a number of White House controversies. On Tuesday, she admitted to telling “white lies” on behalf of the president, during her eight-hour testimony to the House Intelligence Committee.
Hicks was romantically linked toformer White House staff secretary Rob Porter. When Porter’s two ex-wives went on the record alleging that Porter had a history of domestic abuse, Hicks reportedly helped Chief of Staff John Kelly craft a statement defending him.
She was also interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team regarding Russian interference in the US election.
The 29-year-old had zero experience in politics before joining the Trump campaign in 2015. The New York Times reported the Greenwich, Connecticut native was “the third generation of her family to represent a powerful but highly controversial client.” Her father ran PR for a tobacco company and the NFL, while her grandfather represented Texaco during the energy crisis in the 1970s.
“My father has been a huge influence on me, starting with introducing me to lacrosse, then a career in public relations and now politics,” Hicks told Lacrosse Magazine.
Here’s a look back at her career:
Growing up in Greenwich, Hicks swam, and played golf and lacrosse. At Greenwich High School, she became captain of the varsity lacrosse team, which ultimately won a state championship. She also landed modelling jobs for television commercials, Ralph Lauren, and Vogue. Ford Modelling Agency represented Hicks and her sister Marcy Grace.
Hicks dreamt of becoming an actor. The New York Times reported she even “read lines for a film role with Alec Baldwin.” At the age of 13, Hicks told Greenwich Magazine she wanted to pursue acting, but could see herself in politics.
After graduating from Southern Methodist University, CNN reported Hicks landed a job at PR firm Hiltzik Strategies in 2012 after meeting founder Matthew Hiltzik at a NFL Super Bowl event. According to the New York Times, however, the interview with Hiltzik was set up after Hicks and her father met Alec Baldwin at the Super Bowl.
Some of Hitzik’s clients have included Baldwin, Justin Bieber, Katie Couric, Glenn Beck, and Manti Te’o. Hicks worked on the firm’s Ivanka Trump account, and reportedly impressed her boss. “Hope is an independent thinker who uses proper discretion and is always looking to learn and improve,” Hiltzik told PR Week.
Ivanka Trump ultimately poached Hicks in 2014, hiring her to work on her namesake lifestyle brand. GQ reported the two became close, with Hicks even “dressing like the heiress.” Ivanka Trump later told The New York Times Hicks also went on to earn her father’s trust.
When Trump first called Hicks to his office, she reportedly didn’t realise he was planning to run for president. Instead, she thought he was asking her to run a press campaign for one of his golf clubs. “No, my presidential campaign!” Trump said, according to the Washington Post. “I’m running for president.”
During the campaign, New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman reported Trump gave Hicks, along with Lewandowski, a free apartment in a Trump building. “Hicks spends most of her day sitting in Trump’s office with her laptop, fielding press inquiries and taking dictation from him to tweet,” he wrote.
But, according to a new tell-all book written by former aides David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, US President Donald Trump reportedly wasn’t always convinced that the 29-year-old was the right person for the job.
Source: “Let Trump Be Trump“
Lewandowski writes the now-president once told him that Hicks had “as much experience as a coffee cup.” Lewandowski said he countered that she “was good looking.” “That always helps,” Trump reportedly responded.
Source: “Let Trump Be Trump“
In an interview for GQ, Trump told Olivia Nuzzi he was impressed by Hicks’ ability to field so many press inquiries. “She gets a call a minute, probably,” he said. He said he didn’t see a benefit to her “outsider status” and lack of experience, but added, “She was very natural when it comes to picking it up, and a lot of people can’t pick it up, because it’s so fast-moving.”
On the campaign trail, Hicks was also tasked with steaming Trump’s suit and pants while he was wearing them. “She’d steam the jacket first and then sit in a chair in front of him and steam his pants,” Lewandowski and Bossie wrote.
Source: Business Insider
Lewandowski said Hicks was “smart and private, with a nearly photographic memory.”
Source: Business Insider
After Anthony Scaramucci was fired from his post as communications director in August 2017, Hicks was named interim director. “Hope is a terrific person and will do a great job. Wishing her the best,” Scaramucci wrote in a tweet. Hicks was formally appointed communications director on September 12.
Along with top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, Hicks brought in an annual salary of $US179,700 — the maximum pay for any of Trump’s aides.
New York Magazine reported Hicks’ mother previously told her to write a book about her experience in the campaign, along the lines of “Primary Colours,” a fictionalization about Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. “I told her, ‘You don’t even know,'” Hicks told New York Magazine.
Source: New York Magazine
Special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly interviewed Hicks as part of the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to the Daily Mail. Business Insider reported she hired attorney Robert Trout to represent her in the investigation.
She became a central figure in the controversy around Porter, with whom she’s been romantically linked. But White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has said Trump still has “full confidence” in Hicks.
In an interview with Marie Claire, Hicks stressed her belief in hard work and passion, which she said she learned from her father, Donald Trump, and Ivanka Trump. “If you work hard and you work for somebody who empowers you and challenges you, you’ll be successful.”
Source: Marie Claire
Hicks had reportedly been considering leaving the White House for months, according to The New York Times. In response to her departure, Trump released a statement saying, “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.”
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