Hope Hicks leaves White House
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 02, 2018,
Mar 02, 2018, 10:41
CNN's Don Lemon said Thursday that he "misspoke" the night before in an attempt to make a broader point when he claimed that Fox News Channel did not report on White House communications director Hope Hicks' resignation. It has been going on for a year. I also suspect that the ever-tightening noose around the President's neck as a result of the Mueller investigation may be the motivating factor for numerous other West Wing employees to bail out too.
Scaramucci said the spirit in the White House has deteriorated as those loyal to President Donald Trump have been pushed out.
The timing of the resignation of one of Trump's closest aides has prompted questions over whether Hicks's comments led to a backlash from the president.
Hicks had always been dogged by reports that she played a role in crafting the misleading first statement about Donald Trump Jr.
Hicks' departure could have major repercussions inside the West Wing, as White House officials and outside advisers suggest that it could strengthen chief of staff John Kelly's control over the often tumultuous inner Trump circle.
OMAROSA MANIGAULT NEWMAN, former Director of Communications for the White House's Office of Public Liaison, left to "pursue other opportunities" according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on December 13.
Hicks' announcement came a day after she testified before a Congressional intelligence committee about the Russian Federation election meddling investigation. Kushner, in addition to grappling with his security clearance downgrade, faces new questions about his overseas contacts and business relationships, as well as a report that foreign governments had discussed ways to manipulate him.
John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, said Hicks was "strategic, poised and wise beyond her years", adding that she has done a "tremendous job".
In a statement, Kelly said Hicks had become "a trusted adviser and counselor", but behind the scenes the pair had occasionally clashed over her more informal role.
"New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who broke the story, said: "[Hicks] told colleagues that she had accomplished what she felt she could with a job that made her one of the most powerful people in Washington, and that there would never be a ideal moment to leave". "She never told him anything untrue about anything of substance". Since then, Hicks has been hounded by paparazzi, who have at times staked out her apartment building. The Washington Post recently reported that there have been almost 37 officials who have resigned or been fired under Trump.
Her exact departure date was unclear but is expected to be sometime over the next few weeks. The only time that she ever broke her stride or said anything to anyone at all was when one of the cameramen nearly ran backwards into something and she warned him before he could hit it or fall.
President Donald Trump has, throughout his life, embraced chaos as a life philosophy.
Today, White House officials are already considering candidates to replace Hope Hicks as white house communications director.
The Hope Hicks Story demonstrates that this same kind of pressure applies to those people who surround the President too.
As Hicks announced her departure, Trump and other senior White House officials showered her with praises. "This is something that she's been thinking about for a while".