One of President Trump’s longest-serving advisers, Hope Hicks, plans to resign her position as White House Communications Director, according to multiple sources.
The New York Times reported that Hicks told colleagues she had been considering resigning for months and made her announcement internally on Wednesday. She reportedly praised the White House but said the timing was right for the move, according to the report by the Times.
“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” the president said. “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, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future.”
Hicks is expected to resign in two weeks. Trump and Hicks reportedly have the most trusted relationship, as she has been a friend of the Trump family for several years. Her resignation comes the day after she testified to the House Intelligence Committee as part of their investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, during which she reportedly admitted that her job in the Trump administration required her to tell “white lies” every once in awhile.
In reality, Hicks’ role has required her to tell more than “white lies” on more than one occasion. Following the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting between Trump’s son and other high-ranking Trump campaign officials and a Kremlin lawyer, during which a quid-pro-quo for dropping sanctions in exchange for “dirt” on Hillary Clinton was discussed, Hicks reportedly told the president that she would “make sure” that Don Jr.’s emails never saw the light of day.
It will be interesting to see how the next few days unfold for Trump’s chaotic White House. Stay tuned.
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