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White House Communications Director Hope Hicks resigns

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Donald Trump with his staff and Hope Hicks (top right).

Donald Trump with his staff and Hope Hicks (top right).

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Donald Trump with his staff and Hope Hicks (top right).

Wednesday—White House Communications Director, Hope Hicks announces her resignation from Trump’s staff. Hicks has been Trump’s longest-serving adviser and the fourth Communications Director during the Trump presidency.

On Tuesday, Hicks had been questioned before the House Intelligence Committee, telling the panel that occasionally she was required to tell white lies but had not lied about anything relating to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. However, it was stated that her resignation was not directly related to the testification of the previous day and that she planned to resign days before because she did not like Washington.

Hicks, a former model, joined Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and became one of the most loyal and closest aides to Trump. According to other advisors, Hicks had more access to the Oval Office than almost any other staff member and was a very influential source for Trump.

Although Hicks lacked political experience and joined Trump’s staff through connections with Ivanka Trump, her influence in the White House was invaluable to Trump and other White House aides.  According to multiple White House officials, Hicks had advised Trump to restrain some of his Twitter posts and had the ability to stop Trump from fixating on issues he was angry about.

“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” Trump 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.”

It is still unknown who will replace Hicks’ role, and Hicks herself is not sure what she will do next.

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