Sep 13, 2017, 9:12 AM ET

Meet Hope Hicks, the White House communications director

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One of the longest-serving members of Donald Trump's team is a 28-year-old who had no political experience before the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Starting with the administration as director of strategic communications, Hope Hicks has been a regular presence in the White House and is seen as being in the inner circle of Trump's advisers. She now has her most senior role to date, as she has been named the permanent White House communications director. She was previously given the role on an interim basis.

She began her career in public relations, entering the larger Trump orbit when she worked with the Trump Organization and Ivanka Trump's fashion line.

PHOTO: White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks steps off Air Force One, Feb. 6, 2017.Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks steps off Air Force One, Feb. 6, 2017.

In April 2015, two months before Donald Trump announced his presidential bid, Hicks, at the time the Trump Organization's director of communications, was featured on the line's style blog. A post showed her in a light teal shift dress from the line and said her "typical workday could include a major meeting, an all-day event or even an out-of-state trip."

Hicks and Ivanka Trump, the president's elder daughter, appear to have maintained a good relationship. Ivanka Trump tweeted a congratulatory message to Hicks when she was included on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list in January.

"Congrats to my brilliant, kind & wickedly funny friend Hope Hicks on being named to the @Forbes #30Under30 list!" Trump tweeted.

Hicks previously worked as a model, and she was featured on one of the covers of the "Gossip Girl" book series.

A native of Greenwich, Connecticut, she earned a B.A. from Southern Methodist University, with a major in English.

Now she is the youngest person ever to lead the White House communications team.

PHOTO: Trump advisers Kellyanne Conway and Hope Hicks look on, Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, DC.Alex Wong/Getty Images
Trump advisers Kellyanne Conway and Hope Hicks look on, Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, DC.

That is the latest promotion during her time as part of Donald Trump's political team. She served as a spokeswoman for the campaign after Trump announced that he was running for president, and after he won, she became director of strategic communications.

She was named interim White House communications director on Aug. 16, and it has since been announced that her role will be made permanent.

The White House statement announcing her interim role said that she would be working with press secretary Sarah Sanders and the communications team and that a permanent communications director would be named "at the appropriate time."

In spite of dealing directly with national media for about two years, she rarely speaks publicly about herself.

One example of such reluctance came in June 2016. She was contacted by a reporter for GQ magazine who wanted to do a profile of her, and although she did not agree to be interviewed for the piece, she allowed Trump to speak to the reporter about her.

"Hope's been involved from the beginning, and she has been absolutely terrific," Trump said in the interview.

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  • Red Hawk

    Fits in with the First Lady - in two years she'll be the First Lady, Melania's warranty has expired.

  • center_line

    Trumps new groping appointee.

  • chris

    She has already being doing the job for months, what's the big deal? Let me know when nudes or bikini photos show up.

  • MrSoul

    Well...she's very attractive, white. She was a shoe-in. Are there really any other qualifications Trump is looking for?

  • Neptunian

    What's there not to like about a president who surrounds himself with young preety girls - except for Conway...

  • rabbit2502

    I'm sure Trump has given her plenty of "experience".

  • John Smith

    It's amazing how far an individual with little knowledge and no experience can advance in today's White House. Her experience as a member of Ivanka's personal fashion team apparently was setting her up to be the new White House Communications Director. To all those attending University and spending thousands of dollars on a Journalism or Marketing or Communications degree, let this be a lesson to you. Let's face it Hope Hicks is there because no one else wants the job and that the Trumps (Donald and Ivanka) want her there even if she is not qualified. Let's also remember that Trump also appointed his golf "Caddy" as the Director of Social Media....hahahahahaha...that all we need to know about the required qualifications to be a part of the Trump White House. Reaching new lows is the new standard for this administration.

  • SummerFan12

    Deeply disappointing that General Kelly let this happen. I thought General Kelly was going to right the ship. Well, despite some very positive corrective measures in staffing by Kelly in getting rid of Bannon and Scaramucci, the ship is continuing to veer off course with this decision.

  • Heather Lampman

    Congratulations Donald Trump (I still refuse to call you "President Trump") on choosing yet another superbly unqualified person to be a top adviser. I bet she tells you what you want to hear. Also, with your rep......does she provide a little "nookie"?

  • gene poole

    2 points.
    1. If she served a female Democrat president, everyone would be praising her and her boss that hired her, no doubt.
    2. I recognize some of the posters here. They were dead wrong about Trump winning the nomination and the election.
    Moving forward, why should anyone listen to them now given their track record?
    Just sayin'.

  • j penske

    Very soon she'll be glad she's just interim. Or who knows, she may want to milk it.

  • frankm1

    The comments on this board make me sad. :(

  • Erwin Schrodinger

    They forgot her most important qualification - she doesn't mind the occasional grope, it's part of the job.

  • Pills Stafford

    At 28 we have military people with families that fight our wars and die, this isn't an issue.

  • Jack25

    One year of experience? Can you say bottom of the barrel?

  • Jrducky

    Sounds exactly like what Trump likes!!!
    Young!!! Female!!!

  • Rick

    As much as these commenters insult Trump and his team I have to laugh so much just thinking; yeah and your horse loss. And I didn't even vote for Trump. Lol pathetic. Semper Fi😎

  • katerant

    Hmmm.....I wonder how often he asks her to go get stuff from that lower cabinet drawer over there.

  • Happytown6565

    Please note that Hope is wearing the latest dresses from Ivanka's sweatshop line. You will be able to buy these dresses in the kiosk out front of the White House.-Kellyane Conway

  • katerant

    '"Hope's been involved from the beginning, and she has been absolutely terrific," Trump said ....'

    Wink, Wink, Nudge, Nudge.

  • Rob

    Only in current American politics can a former model with a four year bachelor of arts degree in English Lit. can land a six figure salaried job she's not qualified for

  • NovyNo

    She wants her 15 minutes. That's all you're going to get, lady.

  • Sarah Levine

    She looks real smart and i bet she probably helped him with his tweets you know the one about "heeling the country".

  • pshep

    I bet Bill Clinton wishes she were his intern

  • Ogrot

    This article could've been done in six words.

    Why? Because everyone else said no.

  • aarky

    She is a real beauty! Her real test will be when Trump gropes and then proposes marriage. Melania is getting too old.

  • Planet Earth

    She must've let him do it since he was a celebrity

  • SW

    She seems qualified.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha...

  • mrphilbert

    You know your side is not doing well in the war when your corporals get promoted to generals.

  • Bill William

    He will never fire her.

  • SummerFan12

    Hope Hicks underscores just how ludicrous the Trump Administration really is. Send this model back to her runway and let U.S. taxpayers get an experienced communications professional with her $178,000 annual salary. Her employment is a travesty, given all the qualified communications professionals in America that could actually do the job well.

  • xtch3

    Young. No experience, not only political experience. No experience at anything. A college degree in English? Really. English for a native born American?
    Gee, you don't think maybe her looks had something to do with this sudden rise in stature, do you?

  • Mike Barrington

    She looks beautiful in certain pictures and then really dark and sinister in others, depending on the lighting. She'd make a great Sith Lord

  • Icomehereforthecrazy

    She better have somebody watch her back. Kellyann Conway's got a shiv with Hope's name etched on it

  • soffer bellee

    Since when do we want professionals, as you say, in the government. We have enough of those.

  • thinkmore

    "She was contacted by a reporter for GQ magazine who wanted to do a profile article on her, and while Hicks would not be
    interviewed for the piece, she allowed then-candidate Trump to speak to
    the reporter about her."

    This lady is so entwined in Trump's life that she has no independent personal existence. Very strange.

  • Hater_Baiter

    Why do the women that work for him look 10yrs older than there real age.

  • Jack25

    No political experience before 2016?
    This tells you how desperate Trump is. No one of character wants to work for him.

  • STJ581

    I'm not sure communication means the same thing to us as it does to Team Trump.

  • mik8888

    Ooookay, so she's a nobody with no political experience...what could go wrong with that resume', huh...except filling The Mooch's shoes...

  • Mr. Perfect

    Look at her next to Kellyanne Conway.. lol... Kellyanne looks like such an airhead. I hope Hope doesn't ruin her future... but then again, she'll have to deal with it.

  • Alex Ross

    After next weeks firing's she's only be a few steps away from being VP.