Hope Hicks Named as Interim White House Communications Director

She has been among Donald Trump’s most trusted staffers since early in the campaign

Last Updated: August 16, 2017 @ 8:16 AM

Hope Hicks will serve as the White House’s interim Communications Director, according to the New York Times. She will help President Trump find a full-time person for the job, says the paper.

The Daily Caller first reported the rumor of her hiring late on Tuesday night and then CNN confirmed it, citing “two sources inside the White House and one outside.”

Hicks did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Hicks has been as loyal to Trump as anyone in his inner circle since she served as a one-person press shop early in his candidacy. She has recently been acting as the director of strategic communications and has been mentioned as one of Trump’s most trusted staffers on a regular basis.

The communications director position has been left vacant since Anthony Scaramucci was ousted after a brief albeit news-making tenure. Hicks will be the fourth person in seven months to serve as Trump’s communications director.

The bizarre road that Hicks took from someone who had never worked in politics to the presumptive GOP nominee’s spokesperson is the subject of a GQ feature published last year titled: “The Mystifying Triumph of Hope Hicks, Donald Trump’s Right-Hand Woman.”

Hicks, who Trump feels learned the gig pretty quickly, started off with the Trump family by working on Ivanka Trump’s fashion collection. She was eventually recruited to join Trump’s political team.

“Hicks is a product not of Washington but of the Trump Organization, a marble-walled universe where one’s delightful agreeability and ferocious loyalty are worth more than conventional experience,” the GQ profile says. “She is a hugger and a people pleaser, with long brown hair and green eyes, a young woman of distinctly all-American flavor — the sort that inspires Tom Petty songs, not riots.”