President loses his fourth communications chief as ex-model Hicks to resign

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White House communications director Hope Hicks, who announced her resignation Wednesday, recently testified in front of the House Intel Committee.

According to a person with knowledge of their conversation, Trump expressed an understanding of Hicks' desire to pursue a new phase of her life.

She was not as familiar with politics as others, but in a White House in which conflicts with the boss are often the cause for early departures, Hicks made sense as a potential long-termer. It may be that at times she turned him from raging bull in a china shop to just a fuming one.

A weekly recap of the top political stories from The Globe, sent right to your email. Staffers remark that Trump treats Hicks-"Hope-y" as he calls her-like a surrogate daughter.

That aversion to the spotlight had become increasingly hard to maintain. But Trump still talks regularly to people like Reince and Corey, so Hicks could remain an important sounding board. During that session, she admitted that she was occasionally given to telling "white lies" on behalf of Trump and his White House.

The administration has pledged to make fighting the opioid epidemic a focus during Trump's presidency, and Kellyanne Conway, Trump's senior counselor, has taken the lead inside the White House in coordinating the response to the epidemic.

Friends who reached out to her, offering support or guidance, acknowledged that Hicks had been distressed.

"Let's see what he says about that", Scaramucci said.

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Hicks' career followed a curious trajectory. They asked for a subpoena again when Hicks refused to detail how many times Trump had asked her to lie for him or to tell them the last time she had been asked to lie, Swalwell said.

Hicks' departure comes as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation appears to be circling the Oval Office.

"Next to Ivanka and Melania, Hope is the woman closest to the president", one publishing executive told the Mail.

It's no secret the White House has become something of a revolving door for staff. Hicks was the fifth person designated as communications director and the third to hold the job on a non-interim basis. Hicks is about to be indicted and/or turn state's evidence against the president so she's pulling the ripcord. She's done an unbelievable job.

Looking for news you can trust? She is described as tapped into the president's thoughts and feelings, and has witnessed his unfiltered emotions, including occasional angry outbursts. She already does much of the work of a traditional communications director, such a long-term strategic planning, and is considered to be liked and admired by Kelly.

"It's pretty despicable how they've treated her", Hannity remarked, noting how the media delved into the aide's personal life and how cameras followed Hicks to her apartment and auto.

Now, the reason for her decision, if it was her choice, may be innocuous. But her tenure in Washington not without scandal.

Trump is also well-known for intervening and quashing GOP efforts to pass legislation, most prominently on a bipartisan bill for illegal immigrants brought to the children, known as Dreamers. Soon enough, Hicks was working directly for the family patriarch at the Trump Organization and he asked her in 2015 to join his campaign as his press secretary.

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