- Hope Hicks appeared to have an emotional moment with President Donald Trump as they said goodbye on Thursday, her last day at the White House.
- Hicks was one of Trump’s longest-serving and most trusted advisers.
- She announced in late February that she would resign as the White House communications director.
Hope Hicks left the White House on Thursday, having what appeared to be an emotional moment with President Donald Trump as they said goodbye on the portico.
Hicks, who was one of Trump’s longest-serving and most trusted advisers, announced late last month that she would leave her post as the White House communications director.
Hicks had a tight-knit relationship with Trump dating back to the earliest days of his presidential campaign in 2015. She had no political experience at the time but was a well-trained public-relations representative who had worked with Ivanka Trump.
Since announcing her resignation, Hicks has apparently been spending less time than usual around the West Wing. Trump has occasionally attempted to summon her by shouting “Hope!” or “Hopey!” when she’s not there, CNN reported on Thursday.
It’s still unclear who – if anyone – will replace Hicks, but several Trump administration officials are said to be vying for the job.
CNN says the top candidates include Mercedes Schlapp, the White House strategic communications director, and Tony Sayegh, a public-affairs official at the Treasury Department. But those close to Trump have expressed doubt that he will pick either, according to the report.
Hicks has refrained from opining about who should replace her, White House officials told CBS News.
Hicks’ last few months in the White House were beset by multiple scandals, including reports that she had become a key focus in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election.
She came under fire in late February after she was said to have told the House Intelligence Committee that she occasionally told “white lies” on behalf of Trump, though she said none of them were connected to the Russia investigation.
Hicks was also thrust into the spotlight earlier that month when Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary at the time, was publicly accused of abusing his two ex-wives. Multiple reports said Hicks, who was dating Porter, was involved in writing an initial public statement from John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, that defended him.
Yet she remained one of Trump’s favourite aides.
Photos from White House journalists captured the moment Hicks and Trump said goodbye on Thursday before he departed for Ohio.
Saying farewell to Hope Hicks. pic.twitter.com/qQmpuQ4Ewq
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) March 29, 2018
Trump posing with Hope Hicks on her last day, as he leaves WH for Ohio pic.twitter.com/p0ATPYBEI5
— Sarah Westwood (@sarahcwestwood) March 29, 2018
Hope Hicks spotted with POTUS by pooler on her last day at WH pic.twitter.com/L576rwQUFD
— Emily Ngo (@emilyngo) March 29, 2018