Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director, set off a flurry of rumors after making a surprise appearance aboard Air Force One on Saturday.
Hicks was spotted boarding Air Force One in Morristown, New Jersey, ahead of President Donald Trump’s departure to a campaign rally in Ohio, where he stumped for Republican congressional candidate Troy Balderson.
Hicks was later spotted disembarking from Air Force One when the plane landed at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Ohio.
Twitter photos captured Hicks before boarding Air Force One…
SPOTTED at Morristown, NJ airport ahead of Air Force One departure for Trump’s Ohio rally: Hope Hicks pic.twitter.com/eZgvASvfwj
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) August 4, 2018
…and as she deplaned from Air Force One.
Hope Hicks exits Air Force One. (Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters) pic.twitter.com/J4EIpbZX3K
— Colin Campbell (@colincampbell) August 4, 2018
The mainstream media were more excited about spotting Hope Hicks at an airport than this scandalous tarmac meeting.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 1, 2018
Hicks, a close friend of first daughter Ivanka Trump, resigned in February 2018 after six months as the White House communications director. Before that, Hope was an aide in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Hicks’ abrupt resignation came amid a tsunami of tabloid coverage of her romance with Rob Porter, who resigned as staff secretary to President Trump in February 2018 after past domestic abuse allegations by his two ex-wives surfaced.
While the notoriously private Hicks did not explain why she resigned, there was rampant speculation that she was upset at becoming the constant target of vicious tabloid gossip because of her boyfriend’s past.
When she left, the women in the Trump White House heaped praise on Hicks, thanking her for her friendship and hard work, as BizPac Review previously reported.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 1, 2018
Before joining the Trump administration, Hicks — who was briefly a teen model during her youth — did public relations work for Ivanka Trump.
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.
Hope 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.
Ever since she left the White House, there have been persistent rumors that Hicks would return in some capacity. But other reports insist she won’t come back.
When asked about the rumors of Hicks’ return, Trump told reporters in late-June 2018: “I love Hope. I’ve been hearing little things like that…Frankly, Hope is great and so are many of the other people and they went out. But many people would like to come back.”
Trump, asked if Hope Hicks is coming back to the White House, says "I've been hearing little things like that." pic.twitter.com/LQsQGrxUag
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) June 29, 2018
So will Hope Hicks return to the White House? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, insiders say she plans to be involved in President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
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