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WashPost: Back-to-Back Scandals Push Hope Hicks Into Media Spotlight

WashPost: Back-to-Back Scandals Push Hope Hicks Into Media Spotlight

White House communications director Hope Hicks. Photo by Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press

By    |   Saturday, 10 February 2018 04:55 PM

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks has worked quietly at President Donald Trump's side as one of his most trusted aides for years, but now finds herself in the media's spotlight over her central parts in two growing controversies.

Hicks, 29, has been able to keep a quiet role while advising the president, but in recent weeks, she's been questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller's office in its investigation over whether Trump tried to obstruct the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, reports The Washington Post.

This past week, as controversy swirled concerning staff secretary Rob Porter's personal background amid allegations that he'd abused his two ex-wives, Hicks has found herself dodging the paparazzi after the media learned she had been romantically involved with him.

Trump still supports Hicks, one of his most loyal aides, telling the media that she is "absolutely fantastic. She was with the campaign from the beginning, and I could not ask for anything more. Hope is smart, very talented and respected by all.”

But Hicks was involved in bringing together the widely circulated defense of Porter, 40, who left his job on Wednesday, leaving colleagues complaining that she was looking out for Porter instead of the White House.

There has been a great deal of talk that Trump could be considering removing Chief of Staff John Kelly, who initially defended Porter, but no serious talk about removing her from office, another sign of her closeness to Trump.

“Trump has seen her loyalty on the campaign and during the turbulent beginning of this administration, and he relies on her,” said Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy, a close friend of the president's.

According to the Post, Hicks knew that one of Porter's ex-girlfriends had called White House Special Counsel Donald McGahn in late 2017. But she kept dating him, and told others she was not aware of the allegations' extent.

She also orchestrated, in part, a statement that got Kelly in hot water, when he called Porter, "a man of true integrity and honor, and I can’t say enough good things about him.”

Also, sources in the White House said that Kelly believes Hicks should have removed herself from the process of defending Porter, as she had been dating him.

Hicks still has not publicly criticized Porter, but instead said it would be out of character for him to hit a woman, notes The Post.

Colbie Holderness, Porter's first wife, said he had hit her in the face and she produced a picture of a black eye, while his second ex wife, Jenni Willoughby, said he was emotionally abusive.

Hicks had also been romantically linked to Trump's first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who was fired during the campaign.

The communications director has also gotten some attention for her looks, which Ruddy said sometimes causes people to underestimate her.

"She's really quite talented and able,” he said.

“To the public, she remains in the background," Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, has also said. ‘To the president, she is front and center.” 

While Hicks has little Washington experience and will readily admit to asking basic questions about how Congress may work on an issue or about the health care laws, one aide said he respects her for asking questions because she gets answers.

Trump trusts Hicks to the point that he'll sometimes even preview his tweets with her.

She also remains in the West Wing throughout the day, in the event Trump needs something, and has raged against people who leak news to the media. Further, she is one of Trump's most staunch defenders, telling people she finds the president charming and wishes others would see him that way.

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White House Communications Director Hope Hicks has worked quietly at President Donald Trump's side as one of his most trusted aides for years, but now finds herself in the media's spotlight over her central parts in two growing controversies.
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