Sarah Sanders, Kellyanne and Ivanka’s reactions to Hope Hicks departure- and tears- say it all

The women in the Trump White House heaped praise on outgoing communications director Hope Hicks, whose abrupt resignation made worldwide headlines.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, and first daughter Ivanka Trump all sent glowing tweets praising Hicks and thanking her for her hard work.

 

“There is no one that can fill the void Hope Hicks will leave behind,” Sanders gushed. “She is in a league of her own and no one can replace her. Far and away one of the most talented and skilled people I’ve ever met and coming to work won’t be the same without her.”

Conway’s Twitter tribute was much shorter but no less heartfelt: “I love you and will miss you, Hope Hicks.”

Ivanka Trump, who was Hicks’ boss at her fashion brand before the ladies started working together at the White House, expressed her “tremendous gratitude.” The two have been close friends for years.

“Hope Hicks is loved and admired by all who know her,” Ivanka raved. “It’s with a heavy heart, but tremendous gratitude, that I wish her well in her next steps.”

The White House has not provided any details for why Hicks resigned, but multiple press reports claim she and other communications staffers were spotted crying as news of her resignation broke.

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Hope Hicks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

While the anti-Trump media are desperately trying to connect Hicks’ resignation to the fruitless Russia collusion probe, sources say she got fed up with being a tabloid gossip target due to her former relationship with ex-White House speechwriter Rob Porter. Porter resigned in February amid domestic violence allegations leveled by his two ex-wives.

Since then, Hicks has been stalked around the clock by paparazzi, and is the subject of countless lurid tabloid stories prying into her personal life. Despite being a PR executive, Hicks shuns interviews, is not active on social media, and does not even have a Twitter or Instagram account.

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(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Many reporters pointed out that Hicks had been thinking about leaving the White House for a while, which isn’t unusual, since most staffers typically leave after a year or so. Similar resignations occurred under Barack Obama, though they received hardly any press coverage by the pro-Obama media.

Predictably, Hicks’ resignation triggered gleeful gloating by Trump haters, who launched sexist smears by dismissing her as an attractive but dimwitted bimbo.

Before joining the Trump administration, Hicks — who was briefly a teen model during her youth — did public relations work for Ivanka Trump’s successful fashion line. She was also instrumental on the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, where she quickly became a trusted adviser to Donald Trump.  After he became president, Trump is said to have relied heavily on Hicks, whom he considers a second daughter.

There have been persistent rumors claiming Hicks posed in a bikini in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. But that is false. Hope’s doppelganger is 30-year-old American model Hilary Rhoda.

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Model Hilary Rhoda often gets confused for Hope Hicks. (Images: SI, screenshot)

So what’s next for Hope? Well, plenty. Even her detractors admit she’s gorgeous, charismatic, and stylish. It seems the media cannot get enough of her.

And just because Hicks left the White House doesn’t mean she’s off the Trump Train. According to multiple press reports, she will probably be involved in President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign. So stay tuned.

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Hope Hicks (Getty Images).

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Samantha Chang

Samantha Chang

Samantha Chang is a politics/lifestyle writer and a financial editor. She is a law school graduate and an alum of the University of Pennsylvania. You can find her on Twitter at @Samantha_Chang.
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