After acting in an interim capacity, now Hope Hicks can officially claim the top communications post for the Trump administration as President Donald Trump formally named her his top communications adviser Tuesday.
Hicks has been a longtime adviser to President Trump and had to take on communications director post in an interim capacity with the abrupt departure of Anthony Scaramucci who was infamously fired last month after a brief stint with the said job and following several controversies involving him.
Hicks will now hold the title of communications director in full, placing her among the highest-ranking women in the White House.
She has also earned her dues, having served as a top aide during Trump’s successful presidential campaign where his strong messaging and connection with the American working class have always been considered as some of the strongest factors for his upset win over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Hicks is also among a small circle of Trump’s trusted advisers who are not part of his immediate families like daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner.
Hicks is also expected to be less controversial than Scaramucci, who was fired only after 11 days in office. His stint was not only viewed by many as brief but disastrous as well, with the controversial comments he made in a media interview, and an ugly brush with a New Yorker journalist.
Trump’s then newly appointed chief of staff John Kelly was said to be behind the decision to fire Scaramucci. On the day Scaramucci was fired, President Trump sent a message on Twitter that it was “a great day at the White House!”’, as if hailing Scaramucci’s political demise.
Hicks will be expected to go along well with Kelly.