One of Trumps top aides Hope Hicks is to resign

first_imgOne of Trump’s top aides Hope Hicks is to resign Hicks was questioned yesterday about possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Image: Chip Somodevilla Feb 28th 2018, 10:36 PM 32,190 Views Image: Chip Somodevilla Share28 Tweet Email 71 Comments center_img Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 10:36 PM By AFP HOPE HICKS, ONE of Donald Trump’s longest-serving aides, is resigning as the US president’s communications director, the White House said this evening.“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” Trump said, in a statement on the departure of perhaps his most trusted aide and confidante, who was a key figure in the Republican’s election campaign before joining him in the White House.“I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood,” the president added. I am sure we will work together again in the future.“There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump,” the 29-year-old Hicks said in a statement of her own.White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said no timeline had been set for Hicks’ departure, and denied any link between her decision and her questioning yesterday by a congressional panel probing Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.During her appearance before the House Intelligence Committee, Trump’s communications director had stuck to answering pre-approved questions, and refused to answer many of the other questions put to her by the lawmakers.That meant avoiding questions about her work and White House contacts with Russia, according to lawmakers present at the closed session.Hicks had cut a discreet figure in the White House since the president took office a year ago – but was brutally thrust into the spotlight in early February when another top Trump aide with whom she had become romantically involved was accused of domestic abuse.Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter – who denies the abuse claimed by two ex-wives – resigned following the allegations.Read: ‘I have a flame in me right now’ – students return to Florida high school for first time since mass shooting that killed 17 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more