Report: Trump has chosen a surprising replacement for Anthony Scaramucci

Report: Trump has chosen a surprising replacement for Anthony Scaramucci
A report from the Daily Caller says that longtime aide Hope Hicks has been chosen by President Donald Trump to replace Anthony Scaramucci after he was fired as White House communications director. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Daily Caller claims that they have a source in the White House confirming that President Donald Trump has chosen a successor to Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director. And she has accepted.

Hope Hicks is a longtime aide and adviser to Trump, but she has quietly flown under the radar and received very little media coverage. According to the Daily Caller, she will take on the mantle of White House communications director.

The 28-year-old was a successful teen model and first met the Trumps while working at a public relations firm. She is one of the oldest members of Trump’s inner circle, and began working on his presidential campaign five months before his announcement.

Scaramucci was unceremoniously fired by the president 10 days after the announcement that he had been hired. During his short tenure, he accused former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus of being the source of leaks from the administration.

But what appeared to get him fired was when he spoke to journalist Ryan Lizza over the phone and unleashed a torrent of expletives against other Trump administration members. He was soon let go after indiscretion was made public and Lizza published the details of the phone call.

“Reince is a f***ing paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” he said to Lizza. “‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the f***ing thing and see if I can c**k-block these people the way I c**k-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’”

He also attacked Steve Bannon, another Trump adviser. “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c**k,” he said. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f***ing strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”

Scaramucci recently said in a late night show interview that he would have fired Bannon sooner than later.

Trump has described Hicks as “outstanding” and a “natural.”

When President Donald Trump boarded Air Force One on Wednesday morning to travel to Michigan and Tennessee, he didn't wing it alone: his entire senior West Wing staff traveled with him. It's a dynamic that's been in place since Trump took office ? wherever the president goes, the gang's always all there with him. The large number of senior officials present, at all times, is a major contrast to the past?and it speaks to the defensive crouch that has become necessary for top aides in a White House defined by rival factions and power centers. Because the president doesn't like to read policy papers or use the Internet, he is more focused on advice and information delivered to him verbally ? putting even greater importance on proximity. People familiar with Trump's management style interpreted the regular presence of top aides in all meetings as a self-preservation strategy.