She's back. Two years after leaving Washington, Trump’s former communications director Hope Hicks is reportedly returning to the White House as a "counselor to the president."
According to The New York Times, Hicks will work under the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is a senior advisor, and will also work closely with White House political director Brian Jack. She's planning to "work on projects that Mr. Kushner oversees, including the re-election campaign," according to the Times.
Hicks, 31, left the White House back in March 2018. She moved to Los Angeles and landed a senior communications role at Fox Corporation. Politico writers Meredith McGraw and Nancy Cook posit that her return, "gives Trump an ally who’s adept at translating his wishes to the broader staff."
Her arrival, combined with the recent rehire of Trump’s body man, Johnny McEntee, means the president will have two familiar and trusted aides around him as he heads into his 2020 reelection bid.
Kushner told The New York Times in a statement that there "is no one more devoted to implementing President Trump’s agenda than Hope Hicks. We are excited to have her back on the team.”
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham similarly told the Times that Hicks is “one of the most talented and savvy individuals I have come across.”
“She has always impressed me with her quiet confidence, loyalty and expertise,” Grisham added, “and I am beyond thrilled to welcome Hope back to the White House.”
There is no one more loyal, talented or fun than Hope. Not only is she brilliant she is an amazing friend and will be a tremendous asset to the President and his team. https://t.co/zEyyieCocM— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) February 13, 2020
Former Trump staffers have also chimed in on the decision, including former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. “There is no one more loyal, talented or fun than Hope,” she wrote on Twitter. “Not only is she brilliant she is an amazing friend and will be a tremendous asset to the President and his team.”
According to Politico, Hicks will start in her new position early next month.
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