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.”
There is no one that can fill the void Hope Hicks will leave behind. 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.
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) March 1, 2018
Conway’s Twitter tribute was much shorter but no less heartfelt: “I love you and will miss you, Hope Hicks.”
I love you and will miss you, Hope Hicks.
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) February 28, 2018
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.”
Hope Hicks is loved & admired by all who know her. It’s with a heavy heart, but tremendous gratitude, that I wish her well in her next steps
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 28, 2018
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.
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.
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.
CNN: White House Communications Director Hope Hicks first seriously considered resigning amid the fallout from the Rob Porter scandal.
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) February 28, 2018
It is accurate, as @maggieNYT reported earlier, that Hope Hicks expressed frustration and a desire to leave for a while — and yes, before her testimony yesterday. Lots of factors in every story, of course, and we may never know them all.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 28, 2018
White House Communications Director Hope Hicks delivered a tearful goodbye to her staff this afternoon in the White House, saying she's decided to leave because she doesn't like Washington and doesn't want to part of the system, according to a person in the room.
— Jordyn Phelps (@JordynPhelps) February 28, 2018
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.
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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