WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hope Hicks, a one-time close aide and communications director to President Donald Trump, will return to the White House next month after two years away to work closely with key advisors, administration officials said on Thursday.
Hicks, who previously served as Trump’s campaign press secretary, will be working closely with the president’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner and White House Political Affairs Director Brian Jack, a White House official said without disclosing the specific issues she would focus on.
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.
Many of the president’s critics on social media expressed outrage about the news that Hicks would be coming back to the White House.
Hope Hicks should be in prison right now for obstruction of justice, as should be Roger Stone, Michael Caputo, Corey Lewandowski, and a slew of others. https://t.co/uWZiNvPzmj
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) February 13, 2020
“One of Trump’s chief enablers is returning to the White House,” tweeted MSNBC contributor Katie Phang.
“Hope Hicks, the former senior MAGA aid who should be in jail for obstruction of justice, will be returning to the KKK White House in her same role,” said liberal Twitter personality Ricky Davila.
Other liberal commenters remarked on Hicks’ physical appearance.
— John Ricci, Esq. (@jmricci33esq) February 13, 2020
“Hope Hicks is really hot looking. That’s why Trump wants her around,” tweeted one commenter.
Hope Hicks expected to return to White Househttps://t.co/bh9ZffC6zK
— Anne Wood (@AnneWoo47351483) February 13, 2020
Hicks was caught up in a controversy surrounding former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, another close Trump aide, whom Hicks 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 did not answer questions about her 14-month White House tenure.
(Reporting by Steve Holland and Alexandra Alper; Writing by Lisa Lambert Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Alistair Bell)