Surprise guest on Air Force One sets off flurry of rumors

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…

…and as she deplaned from Air Force One.

The mainstream media were more excited about spotting Hope Hicks at an airport than this scandalous tarmac meeting.

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.

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.

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

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.”

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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Samantha Chang

Samantha Chang

Samantha Chang is a financial editor who writes about politics at BizPac Review and about business at CCN. She is a law school graduate and an alum of the University of Pennsylvania who enjoys finance, flowers, and fitness. You can follow her on Twitter at @Samantha_Chang.
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