Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's most trusted and longest-serving aides, is returning to the White House after two years away to work closely with key advisors, .
Hicks will serve as counselor to the president, working with presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made public.
She returns as Trump steps up his campaign for re-election in November. Hicks was a spokeswoman for Trump's 2016 campaign and was one of the first hires for his presidential bid.
Hicks, one of Trump's most trusted aides, served as White House communications director until resigning in Feb. 2018 when she was appointed communications chief at Fox News.
In a statement, Fox News praised Hicks for being instrumental in setting up a program to help veterans, youth, and underserved communities and described her as "a key executive team member" at the inception of Fox Corp., the company spun off from Twenty-First Century Fox's merger with Walt Disney Co.
Hicks was caught up in a controversy surrounding former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, another close Trump aide, whom she had been dating. She worked to defend him when charges of domestic abuse against his two former wives emerged. Porter was ultimately forced to resign.
Last June, Hicks testified in a hearing on former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, but refused to answer questions about her 14-month White House tenure.
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