WASHINGTON (CBS NEWS/AP) – White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump’s most loyal aides, is resigning.
That’s according to a White House official briefed on her plans but not authorized to discuss them publicly.
The news comes a day after Hicks was interviewed for nine hours by the panel investigating Russia interference in the 2016 election and contact between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
She acknowledged to a House intelligence panel that she has occasionally told “white lies” for Trump. But she said she had not lied about anything relevant to the Russia investigation.
Hicks served as Trump’s one-woman communications shop during his winning campaign and has remained one of his most trusted aides.
She said in a statement, “There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump.”
The former model started her career working for Ivanka Trump and soon became part of the family business. She was one of the first people the president informed of his intent to run for office.
“I said, ‘What do you know about politics?’ She said, ‘Absolutely nothing,'” Mr. Trump said. “I say, ‘Congratulations, you’re into the world of politics, right?’ She knew nothing and she was there the first day and she was fantastic.”
Hicks was by Mr. Trump’s side through some of the rockiest moments on the— and had been working just outside the Oval Office.
In a statement, the president praised Hicks for her work over the last three years. He says he “will miss having her by my side.”
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