The Trump administration is facing another resignation from its top staff as Hope Hicks confirmed that she is resigning as White House Communications Director.
A history of Hicks
In 2012, Hicks met Ivanka Trump while working at a public relations firm and later joined the Trump Organization in 2014. A year later she became Trump’s Campaign Press Secretary.
After Trump was inaugurated, she became the White House Director of Strategic Communications, but was promoted to White House Communications Director in August of 2017 to replace the outgoing Anthony Scaramucci.
“There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump,” Hicks said in a released statement. “I wish the President and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country.”
“Pursuing other opportunities”
“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years.” the president 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,” he concluded, “I totally understood.”
The mess with Rob Porter
One report says that Hicks first considered leaving the White House during the scandal involving the resignation of Rob Porter, who was accused of domestic violence by two of his past wives. Hicks is said to have been dating Porter, and some reports say she drafted a letter of support for Porter from the White House without Trump’s input.
Hicks was also testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, causing some speculation about the possibility of legal reasons for her resignation. Maggie Haberman of the New York Times reported that the resignation had nothing to do with the hearing, and that she had planned to leave for months.
Hicks will leave the White House in a few weeks.
Here’s the report from CNN: