“She’s earned his trust.”
After working for the Trump Organization, serving as the press secretary for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and assuming the role of White House communications director on an interim basis, Hope Hicks will be appointed to the position permanently.
The communications director position, which manages White House messaging, has been largely vacant since veteran Republican strategist Mike Dubke resigned from the post in May. Following Dubke’s departure, Sean Spicer took on the responsibilities of communications director and press secretary until he resigned over the hiring of Anthony Scaramucci, who held the position for 10 days.
Hicks has been serving as interim communications director since mid-August.
Before being selected as the interim White House communications director last month, Hicks served as the director of strategic communications for the president.
Prior to her career in politics, Hicks, 28, a Connecticut native and former model, worked in a communications role at Hiltzick Strategies, where she established a relationship with Ivanka Trump. In 2014, Ivanka Trump hired Hicks to work on her luxury lines and for the Trump real estate brand.
Ivanka Trump has spoken highly of Hicks, calling her a “brilliant, kind & wickedly funny friend” in a congratulatory tweet when Hicks made the Forbes “30 under 30” list in January.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) January 4, 2017
After Hicks quickly earned the trust of the Trump family, she was called into Donald Trump’s office in early 2015 and informed that she would be joining his presidential campaign.
“Mr. Trump sat her down and said, ‘This is your new job,’” said Hicks’ mother, Caye Cavender Hicks. “It was a shocker.”
It was reportedly Trump’s trust for Hicks that helped earn her the position on his campaign.
“My father makes people earn his trust,” Ivanka Trump told The New York Times about Hicks in an interview for a June profile. “She’s earned his trust.”
“I’m lucky to have her,” Trump said in a telephone interview in June.
“She’s got very good judgment,” said Trump. “She will often give advice, and she’ll do it in a very low-key manner, so it doesn’t necessarily come in the form of advice. But it’s delivered very nicely.”
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Source: Western Journalism