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Hope Hicks quits her job at the White House one month after saying she would leave

President Donald Trump has lost Hope.

The 29-year-old White House Communications Director finished out her job for good on Wednesday, one month after announcing her plans to vacate her post. 

That news was confirmed by a White House official who offered up no other comment on Hicks’ departure. 

Made in the suede: Hope Hicks finished up her last day at the White House on Wednesday a month after announcing she would leave her post

March 27

March 22

Up in the hair: The 29-year-old White House Communications Director announced she was leaving her post on February 28  (March 27 on left, March 22 on right)

Thanks for the memories: The news was confirmed by a White House official who offered no further comment (March 20 above)

Thanks for the memories: The news was confirmed by a White House official who offered no further comment (March 20 above)

Hicks has been one of President Trump’s most trusted aides since she joined the campaign, with the 29-year-old publicist the only individual who has been with the real estate scion since he announced he was running for office.

That is why it was such a surprise when she abruptly announced her resignation earlier this week.

She is now the fourth person to exit that position after Michael Dubke, Sean Spicer and Anthony Scaramucci.

There is no word on who may replace her in that role.

The news came one day after Hicks was interviewed for nine hours by the House panel investigating Russia interference in the 2016 election.

Given her time with the campaign and the fact that President Trump views her as a surrogate daughter, her testimony was considered vital in determining what contact, if any, she knew about between the campaign and Russia.

She came under fire within hours of wrapping up that testimony however when it was revealed she had admitted to telling ‘white little lies’ to protect her boss. 

Pleasure principal: She is now the fourth person to exit as WH Communications Director after Michael Dubke, Sean Spicer and Anthony Scaramucci (March 14 above)

Pleasure principal: She is now the fourth person to exit as WH Communications Director after Michael Dubke, Sean Spicer and Anthony Scaramucci (March 14 above)

March 13

March 15

White house, black parka: The New York Times reported last month that Hicks had been considering the idea of leaving for weeks (March 13 left, March 15 right)

Let the river run: Her announcement came amidst a mass exodus that kicked off with the ousting of Hicks' boyfriend Rob Porter back in early February (March 16 above)

Let the river run: Her announcement came amidst a mass exodus that kicked off with the ousting of Hicks’ boyfriend Rob Porter back in early February (March 16 above)

Hicks resigned from her position on February 28, one day after the Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s West Wing-ally and spokesperson Josh Raffel announced he was stepping down from his post as senior communications official. 

Her announcement came amidst a mass exodus that kicked off with the ousting of Hicks’ boyfriend Rob Porter back in early February. 

That was on February 7, and since that time there have been five additional members of President Trump’s administration have left their posts, including Hicks. 

Economic adviser Gary Cohn was the next to go on March 6, and on March 12 President Trump’s personal aide John McEntee was escorted out of the White House by security.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired by President Trump on Tuesday, and then hours later was followed by Undersecretary of State Steve Goldstein.

That second firing was a result of the first, with reports emerging that Goldstein was let go for contradicting the administration’s version of events as it pertained to Tillerson’s exit. 

The New York Times reported last month that Hicks had been considering the idea of leaving for weeks.

Hicks found little to smile about in her final weeks at the White House, and in one of the few photos snapped of her at work two weeks ago appeared somber while in conversation with Kellyanne Conway.

That was likely due to the exit one day prior of her boyfriend Rob Porter, a situation which was said to have angered President Trump at the time.

Despite claims of his frustration however, President Trump released a statement that same day which said: ‘Hope is absolutely fantastic.

‘She was with the campaign from the beginning, and I could not ask for anything more. Hope is smart, very talented and respected by all.’

Colors of the wind: 'She was with the campaign from the beginning, and I could not ask for anything more. Hope is smart, very talented and respected by all,' said Trump of Hicks (February 28 above)

Colors of the wind: ‘She was with the campaign from the beginning, and I could not ask for anything more. Hope is smart, very talented and respected by all,’ said Trump of Hicks (February 28 above)

March 2

March 2

Windblown Hope-y: The President’s daughter, Ivanka, who hired Hicks several years ago to work for her company before she moved on to the Trump campaign, called her a ‘team player (March 2 above)

XOXO, Gossip Girl: 'Most importantly, the President has deep respected for her, cares about her greatly, and listens to her. That's not true of everyone. She's earned that,' said Ivanka of Hicks (above on March 1)

XOXO, Gossip Girl: ‘Most importantly, the President has deep respected for her, cares about her greatly, and listens to her. That’s not true of everyone. She’s earned that,’ said Ivanka of Hicks (above on March 1)

The President’s daughter, Ivanka, who hired Hicks several years ago to work for her company before she moved on to the Trump campaign, called her a ‘team player.

She added: ‘Most importantly, the President has deep respected for her, cares about her greatly, and listens to her. That’s not true of everyone. She’s earned that.’

DailyMail.com first broke the story about Porter’s alleged abuse of his exes, which preceded his decision to leave.

Porter stepped down from his job following on-the-record claims to DailyMail.com from his ex-wives Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby about the abuse they say they suffered during their marriages to the former Trump aide.

Holderness claims Porter choked and punched her during their marriage, while Willoughby says he dragged her wet and naked out of the shower and was verbally abusive.

Soon after, DailyMail.com also reported that Chief-of-Staff John Kelly was told in October 2017 that Porter’s ex-wives were prepared to level devastating accusations of spousal abuse against him.

Porter’s then-girlfriend told Kelly personally that Porter had abused his two exes, according to a White House official.

White House counsel Don McGahn had known since early 2017 that Porter was at risk of being accused of being violent with the women.

But the news made it to Kelly when Porter’s girlfriend told him, after contacting a White House aide who reported to him. 

 

 



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