HOPE Hicks was a teen model, lacrosse star and PR guru who quit as Donald Trump’s communications chief after just six months in the role.
But Hicks, 31, returned to the Trump administration early in 2020 and became one of the President’s closest advisers, before testing positive for coronavirus towards the end of September.
Who is Hope Hicks?
Hope Hicks, 31, is a long-serving member of US President Donald Trump‘s staff, having joined his White House campaign from the start.
Growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut, she co-captained a lacrosse team and worked as a teenage model.
She graduated from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, going on to work in public relations – following her father’s footsteps, who worked as a top executive at a PR firm.
She began working in New York for Ivanka Trump when her talents were spotted by Trump.
She later joined Trump’s Presidential campaign in 2016 — with one of her tasks reportedly being to transcribe his tweets.
Trump reportedly has a number of nicknames for Hicks, including Hopie and Hopester.
She was elevated from her role as senior communications adviser to become interim White House Communications Director in August 2017.
Hicks quit the role in February 2018, one day after she testified before the House intelligence committee, which came as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The 2019 Mueller report revealed that during her role as as press secretary for the Trump campaign, Hicks received a call from an unknown Russian man shortly after election night.
She had difficulty understanding the foreign accent, but made out the words “Putin call” and told the caller to send her an email instead.
The following morning she received a message with the subject line “Message from Putin”, congratulating Trump on his election victory and saying he looked forward to them working together on “leading Russian-American relations out of crisis”.
After a stint at Fox, she rejoined the Trump administration as an aide to the President early in 2020.
When did Hope Hicks get coronavirus?
Hicks contracted the virus on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 and is the closest aide to the President who has also tested positive.
Trump wrote: “Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible!
“The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!”
What is her role at the White House?
When she first joined the Trump administration, Hicks was employed as the White House director of strategic communications, before taking up the role of White House communications director.
However she took up the role of counsellor to the President on her 2020 return and works closely with Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
She is now considered one of Trump’s closest advisers.
Why did she resign from the White House in 2018?
In March 2018, Hope stepped down from her role — a day after admitting telling “white lies” on behalf of President Trump.
She was the fourth White House communications director to quit in the 13 months Mr Trump had been in office.
Mr Trump said: “Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years. She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person.
“I will miss having her by my side, but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities I totally understood.
“I am sure we will work together again in the future.”
She said at the time: “There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump.
“I wish the President and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country.”
Hope was interviewed for nine hours by the panel, who were investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election and contact between Trump’s campaign and Russia.