Hope Hicks, White House communications director and one of President Donald Trump’s closest and most trusted advisers, is resigning from her post. Hicks has been one of the president’s longest-serving aides who has been at his side since 2015, The Hill reports.
In a statement, Hicks praised the president and thanked him.
“There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump. I wish the president and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country,” Hicks said in the statement.
According to officials, she recently approached Trump, telling him that she wished to leave in order to explore opportunities outside the White House. Hicks has no set departure date but is expected to officially leave in the next few weeks, the White House said. Her leaving the administration will most certainly be a big loss for President Trump who commended her in a statement Wednesday.
“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years. 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.”
According to CNN, Hicks’ resignation comes only a day after she sat for an interview with the House Intelligence Committee, saying that her position required her to tell white lies during her time in the White House. A source familiar with her thinking said Hicks first seriously considered resigning following reports of the scandal involving former senior aide Rob Porter, whom she dated at the time and whose public defense she helped craft.
Eben though it was not immediately clear who will replace Hicks as White House communications director, Mercedes Schlapp, the senior adviser for strategic communications, emerges as a possible replacement. She has filled some of Hicks’ duties over the last two months.
Multiple sources insisted Wednesday that Hicks was in no way forced out of her position.