Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Hope Hicks Resigns From White House

Hope Hicks Resigns From White House

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks said Wednesday that she was planning to resign, a new report says.

Hicks cited no reasons for leaving, but the timing did raise questions, as her resignation came just a day after she told a congressional panel investigating Russian meddling in 2016 USA polls, that she has had to tell "white lies" while serving the President.

Hicks' resignation comes one day after she appeared before the House Select Permanent Committee on Intelligence for testimony.

Hicks, a longtime aide to President Trump, has been considering leaving the White House for months, according to The New York Times, which broke the story.

The US president has said that Hicks was "a truly great person" and he would miss working with her.

Hicks reportedly admitted to lawmakers she would tell "white lies" to cover for Trump, over which POTUS allegedly berated her at the White House on Wednesday.

In a statement, Mr. Trump commended her work and called her "outstanding". She was with Trump before anyone even thought he had a chance. "I am sure we will work together again in the future", Trump said.

"The campaign had no contact with Russian officials", she said. She kept a very low profile during her tenure. Perhaps most importantly, she served as Trump's glamorous sidekick and validator, always ready to provide "Mr. Trump" with a smiling dose of positive reinforcement.

I'm leaning towards theories one and two, with a dash of theory six: As someone who specializes in PR, Hicks must understand that the Trump "brand" isn't great throughout much of the country, especially its tonier professional enclaves.

On the same day the President resumed his ad hominem smear campaign against his own attorney general and one day after CNN reported that special counsel Robert Mueller is taking a look at Trump's finances in the run-up to his decision to run for president. She has worked with him since before the president announced his candidacy for America's highest office.

Ms Hicks has served in the role since August past year, when former director Anthony Scaramucci was sacked.

Hicks took over as communications director in September and is credited behind the scenes for stabilizing the communications operation.

At this point it's unclear exactly how Hicks announced her impending resignation to Trump.

"Her departure is to be determined but it will be sometime in the next few weeks", it said.

Hicks, who at the time was dating Porter, did not recuse herself from the matter.

Before joining the Trump campaign in 2015, Hicks had no political experience, so it's anyone's guess where she'll go next and how she'll draw on her White House background. (Hicks' lawyer denied the allegations in a statement to the Times).

Again, the timing of her resignation in conjunction with the Russian Federation investigation feels too suspicious to ignore.

Hicks arrived in Washington as an unconventional press staffer managing Trump's personal image and his interactions with reporters but quickly assumed more responsibility in the West Wing.

Perhaps Trump's team made the calculation for her.

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