The cascade of departures to the White House continues: Hope Hicks, a close adviser to Donald Trump, announced Wednesday, February 28, his resignation. The 29-year-old, who had joined the real estate mogul's campaign very early and without any political experience, had been the director of communications since September.
Discrete in the media – she refused systematically requests for interviews – but influential behind the scenes, this former model, who had worked for Ivanka Trump in New York, had the ear of the president who has – noticeable – ever issued the slightest reservation about him. "I have no words to express my gratitude to President Trump," she said without further details on the reasons for her sudden departure, just over a year after the government came to power.
This resignation comes after the young woman's in-camera hearing in Congress in the context of the Russian case that poisons Donald Trump's presidency. According to the American press, she admitted that her work at the White House had sometimes pushed her to say "innocent lies". But she would have said she had never lied when she was questioned about the Russian affair.
Sarah Sanders, spokeswoman for the US executive, assured that there was no connection between these two events. The exact date of Hope Hicks' departure has not been fixed, but it should be "in the coming weeks," according to the executive. The post of director of communication is traditionally less exposed than that of spokesman, which is the real face of the daily life of the American executive. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, 35, has held it since Sean Spicer's departure in July.
Sign of Major Rotation on the Trump Team, Hope Hicks Was the Fourth Person to Be Occupied this function. The latest, Anthony Scaramucci, a colorful character, had made a lightning break in this role.
His name is added to the very long list of senior officials or close advisers to Mr. Trump who decided to leave or were thanked: Tom Price, Minister of Health, Steve Bannon (former strategic advisor), Reince Priebus (former Secretary General of the White House), Sean Spicer (former spokesperson) or Michael Flynn (former National Security Advisor)
"Hope is outstanding and did a great job," said the US president commenting on his resignation. "She is smart, fine, really good," he added, saying he was confident that he would work with her again in the future. With him, it is all the hard core of the Trump administration who paid a very strong tribute to the young woman.
"Hope Hicks is loved and admired by all who know her", has outbid Ivanka Trump on Twitter. "I love you and I will miss you," said Kellyanne Conway, a close adviser to the president. As for Sarah Sanders, she tweeted in the evening that "no one can fill the void that Hope Hicks leaves behind". John Kelly, Secretary General of the White House, insisted on his maturity. "She has served her country with a lot of class," he added.
His name appeared in one of the latest scandals that rocked the White House: the departure of Rob Porter, another advisor to Mr. Trump, accused by his ex-women of physical assault and abuse psychological. Hope Hicks having a romantic relationship with Rob Porter, many observers had questioned his role in the initial response of the White House, which had praised the latter even while he was accused of serious facts by his former wives.