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White House Communications Director Hope Hicks will resign her post as White House Communications Director, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old entered the role with little relevant experience but quickly became one of President’s Trump longest serving and most trusted confidants.
“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” President Trump told the Times. “She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future.”
The announcement of Hicks’ departure comes one day after she offered eight hours of testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed hearing.
Hicks did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.
Hicks was the third and most successful White House Communications Director of President Trump’s young administration. She was preceded in the role by Anthony Scaramucci and Michael Dubke.
Hicks first entered the Trump orbit in 2014 as an employee with Ivanka Trump’s fashion line. After a few years working with the heiress, she was plucked by the elder Trump to work on his unlikely 2016 presidential campaign. After he won, she moved with him to the White House.
Unlike many in Trump-land, Hicks has assiduously maintained a low profile, popping up from time to time at public events but rarely offering much to the media.
Her replacement has not been announced.