Friday, 20 July, 2018

US President Trump's Top Aide Hope Hicks To Resign From White House

Hope Hicks Acknowledges She Sometimes Tells White Lies for Trump Trump aide Hope Hicks resigning as White House communications director
Edward Snyder | 03 March, 2018, 00:21

During that testimony, according to the New York Times, she told House investigators that her role occasionally required her to tell "white lies" for the President, but that she had never lied about anything related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

"There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump".

She had been part of a critical strategy session where the White House made a decision to draft a misleading statement about a 2016 meeting between Trump's entourage and Russians.

In a statement, Mr. Trump commended her work and called her "outstanding".

Trump offered effusive praise of Hicks, calling her a "truly great person".

"I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future", Trump said.

While she has often been lauded for her efficiency, loyalty and dedication - she split with her boyfriend of six years due to her hectic schedule - Trump seems to have taken a jibe even at Hicks.

While Mr. Trump said she is turning to other opportunities, it's unclear what that will be.




On Tuesday Ms Hicks declined to answer questions about the administration from members of the US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee investigating Russian Federation and the 2016 US election, lawmakers said. She worked to defend him when he faced allegations of domestic abuse against his two former wives. "What that tells us is she has been somebody very popular around here, particularly with the president, but also with top aides and that this was very unexpected". Kelly had begrudgingly supported making Hicks communications director after the short-lived tenure of Anthony Scaramucci, in an effort to integrate her role into the rest of the White House's communications strategy. Both her grandfathers worked in public relations, and her father was the former communications director for the National Football League.

Theory three, the Rachel Brand explanation: Someone offered her a "dream job" and she couldn't say no. Hicks would be a glamorous addition to any company, especially one that's eager for an "in" inside the West Wing.

In the interview, Hicks acknowledged that she sometimes tells "white lies" on Trump's behalf.

The departure of Hope Hicks is the end of an era in President Trump's inner circle.

Hicks, who at the time was dating Porter, did not recuse herself from the matter. Hicks is considered to be one of the closest aides of President Donald Trump. Porter was ultimately forced to resign.

Robert Trout, a lawyer for Hicks who has represented her in the Russian Federation investigation, declined comment. Her family was friends with the Trumps, and she was once a model for Ralph Lauren.

The pick marked a 180-degree turn from the White House's earlier attempts to install a seasoned Republican strategist in the communications director post and was a tacit acknowledgment that wooing such a candidate was likely not in the cards. Hicks entered the Trump campaign with no real political experience.

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