WASHINGTON: Hope Hicks, President Donald Trump's longtime press aide and senior adviser, will exit the White House next week.
Coming just a week before the Biden administration takes over the White House, Hicks told colleagues her departure is not related to the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a Trump-supporting mob on Wednesday, according to a report by Bloomberg.
Two cabinet members, former White House press secretary and communications director Stephanie Grisham and a bevy of lower-level officials have left the administration in recent days, most citing the president's incitement of large protests.
Hicks was one of the first staffers on the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, after working with members of the Trump family during her tenure at Hiltzik Strategies. After joining the Trump West Wing as a White House aide, Hicks was promoted to White House communications director, making her the youngest person to hold the position. Her tenure included an admission before the House Intelligence Committee during the height of the Mueller investigation that she sometimes told “white lies” on behalf of the administration but did not fabricate information about the investigation.
Hicks left the Trump administration in early 2018 to join Fox Corporation, the parent company of Fox News and Fox Sports, as EVP and chief communications officer.
In February 2020, Hicks returned to the White House as a senior adviser. She worked on Trump’s reelection campaign.