Hope Hicks, the 29-year-old former model turned White House communications director and one of the few non-family members who has stuck with Donald Trump since the early days of his campaign, told The New York Times on Wednesday that she is resigning after less than a year on the job.
Hicks rose through the ranks of the Trump world, becoming Trump’s campaign press secretary and eventually one of his chief aides. The Times wrote that she “told colleagues that she had accomplished what she felt she could with a job that made her one of the most powerful people in Washington.” Those accomplishments included things like crafting statements for Rob Porter, alleged domestic abuser:
Just yesterday, Hicks testified to the House Intelligence Committee that her job working for Trump required her to tell “white” lies. Three people familiar with the private testimony told the Times that Hicks refused to answer questions about her time in Trump’s administration or with the transition team. People in the room said on Wednesday that she gave no indication she was about to resign.
Apparently Hicks had been considering leaving for several months. Hmm. She did not tell the Times what her next move would be, but we’ll all be looking forward to Hicks’ cashing in on her inevitable tell-all book.
With Hicks gone, the White House will be looking for its fifth communications director since Trump took office.
This is a developing story and is being updated.