Hope Hicks Returning to White House to Work Closely With Kushner, Official Says

By Bowen Xiao
Bowen Xiao
Bowen Xiao
Bowen Xiao is a New York-based reporter at The Epoch Times. He covers national security, human trafficking and U.S. politics.
February 13, 2020Updated: February 13, 2020

Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump’s longtime aides and his former communications director, will be returning to the White House, an official confirmed to The Epoch Times.

In her new role, Hicks will serve as counselor to the president, according to reports, and would also be working with the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. The administration hasn’t publicly announced the position yet, as of this writing.

“Hope won’t be part of the communications department,” a White House official told The Epoch Times. “She will be working closely with Jared Kushner and [Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Political Affairs] Brian Jack in a number of strategic areas.”

The official didn’t elaborate further on the specifics of the position Hicks would be serving in. It has been two years since she last worked at the White House.

An administration official told Reuters that Hicks will return to the White House next month.

Hicks was Trump’s longest-serving aide, having worked for him for three years. She had served as press secretary and communications adviser to the Trump campaign throughout the 2016 presidential election and left her job as White House communications director in February 2018.

She first became Trump’s communications director in the summer of 2017 following the departure of Anthony Scaramucci, who served in the position for ten days. Scaramucci was fired by incoming White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly.

After departing the White House, Hicks worked at Fox Corporation as executive vice president and chief communications officer. According to her biography, she acted as the company’s “chief spokesperson and leads all communications initiatives.” 

“There is no one more devoted to implementing President Trump’s agenda than Hope Hicks,” Kushner said. “We are excited to have her back on the team.”

Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary and current White House communications director, said that after working with Hope for almost six years, she can say “without hesitation she is one of the most talented and savvy individuals I have come across.”

“She has always impressed me with her quiet confidence, loyalty, and expertise, and I am beyond thrilled to welcome Hope back to the White House,” Grisham said.

Hicks’s resignation in 2018 came after being caught up in a controversy surrounding former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, another close Trump aide, whom Hicks had been dating. She worked to defend him when charges of domestic abuse against his two former wives emerged. Porter was ultimately forced to resign.

In June 2019, Hicks testified in a hearing on former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Reuters contributed to this report.