Mar 1, 2018, 3:54 PM ET

Meet Hope Hicks, the outgoing White House communications director


Hope Hicks had actively maintained a low profile in both during the Trump campaign and as part of the administration, but recent circumstances have brought her closer into the spotlight.

Now she has become the latest high-profile member of the Trump administration to resign.

Hicks' latest involvement in ongoing hot topics was her appearance before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday for a closed-door interview about Russian interference in the 2016 election. Before that it was her role in the White House’s handling of allegations of abuse involving former staff secretary Rob Porter.

Hicks, who served as the White House communications director, was the longest-serving member of President Donald Trump's team. And prior to becoming a part of his presidential campaign, the now-29-year-old had no political experience, but became one of the president's most trusted advisers.

PHOTO: White House Communications Director Hope Hicks leaves the Capitol after attending the House Intelligence Committee closed door meeting in Washington, Feb. 27, 2018.Leah Millis/Reuters
White House Communications Director Hope Hicks leaves the Capitol after attending the House Intelligence Committee closed door meeting in Washington, Feb. 27, 2018.

Starting with the administration as director of strategic communications, Hicks had been a regular presence in the White House and was seen as being in the inner circle of Trump's advisers. She was named the permanent White House communications director in September. 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.

In April 2015, two months before now-President Trump announced his presidential bid, Hicks, at the time the Trump Organization's director of communications, was featured on the line's style blog.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump confers with White House Communications Director Hope Hicks during an interview with Reuters at the White House in Washington, Jan. 17, 2018.Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
President Donald Trump confers with White House Communications Director Hope Hicks during an interview with Reuters at the White House in Washington, Jan. 17, 2018.

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.

She was the youngest person ever to lead the White House communications team.

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.

The September promotion was the latest one during her time as part of President 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 on Sept. 12, it was announced that her role would 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 President Trump to speak to the reporter about her.

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

A portion of her personal life became public in the wake of revelations about Porter, a top aide to President Trump and chief of staff John Kelly, who was accused of domestic violence in his past two marriages. Porter denied the claims of abuse made by his ex-wives, and he resigned from his position at the White House. In the wake of the Porter scandal, it was reported that Porter and Hicks had been in a romantic relationship when the news of his alleged abuse broke.

While many in the White House were facing questions about who knew about Porter’s past before it was made public, President Trump publicly supported Hicks.

“Hope is absolutely fantastic. She was with the campaign from the beginning, and I could not ask for anything more,” President Trump said in a statement released to The New York Times on Feb. 9, two days after Porter resigned.

“Hope is smart, very talented and respected by all,” President Trump said.

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.

Her resignation was announced Wednesday and is set to take effect in the coming weeks.

"There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump," Hicks said in a statement released by the White House. "I wish the President and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country."

The statement included a laudatory statement from President Trump.

"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," Trump said in the statement.

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  • george

    I realize there are many very smart young people but someone shouldn't hold a position like this at age 29. They lack the maturity required.

  • ME_NZ

    Careful honey don't let the door hit you where the good Lord split you on your way out!

  • gryphon50

    Gee I wonder how she got her job...

  • RettasVegas

    She needs to be thankful she got away from that toxic Trump Klan, they were born & bred to perpetuate the 'grifter' lifestyle from the cradle.
    Smoke & mirror's IS their business motto, slight of hand, second nature to them, they would have made great gypsies, or wait that is exactly what they are.

  • End of Life Ritual

    When she talks I have a difficult time hearing her.

  • Bill William

    A complement from the president is like a complement from Satan, behind his back he holds a pitchfork.

  • freerhuguenot

    You mean "former" White House communications director don't you?

  • mikevietvet68/69

    do you think she will write a book while in prison?

  • 40words

    That is one darn thin resume for a position that high up and complex.

    But like every article says, she was Trump's closest confidant and aide from the moment they met..

  • Pro-Marx

    Formerly a model, and worked on Ivanka's fashion line. But no reality TV experience?

  • GorillaMyDreams

    "Meet the 29-year-old WH communications director"

    I'd like to! Can someone set me up with her?

  • Kyza Sosa

    SO....if you're definitely can't be smart right?

  • 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".

  • Realpshep

    I bet Bill Clinton wishes she were his intern

  • Ogrot2

    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.

  • 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