White House communications director Hope Hicks announced on Wednesday she is resigning her post.
Hicks continued to heap praises on Trump in her resignation letter. She said: “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.”
Hicks’ resignation comes a day after she testified to the House Intelligence Committee as part of their investigation into the alleged Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 Presidential election. She said to the panel that she occasionally told “white lies” for Trump. She didn’t specify what those “white lies” are. She remained firm, however, in saying that she did not lie about anything relevant to the Russian investigation.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders confirmed Hicks’ resignation on Wednesday. She also said that the timeline for Hicks’ departure was unclear. Sanders also clarified that Hicks’ resignation has nothing to do with the Russian interference investigation.
President Trump also had nothing but good words for Hicks whom he described as a “truly great person.” The President 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.”
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly also said in a statement of Hicks: “To say that she will be missed is an understatement.”
Hicks is one of Trump’s most loyal aides. She also served as Trump’s one-woman communication shop during his winning campaign.
The 29-year-old Hicks is expected to leave the White House in a few weeks.
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