White House Names Hicks Interim Communications Director

August 16, 2017 Updated: August 16, 2017

Longtime Trump communications aide Hope Hicks has been named as interim communications director, the White House said on Wednesday, in the latest personnel move for President Donald Trump as he continues to seek someone for the job.

The role of communications director had last been filled by Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier who was ousted after just 10 days following an obscene tirade he made to a reporter for The New Yorker magazine.

Scaramucci proved to be a divisive figure in the White House. Former press secretary Sean Spicer resigned over his arrival, and Chief of Staff John Kelly, once he took over, fired Scaramucci.

Hicks, 28, worked in communications for Trump during his campaign following a tenure with his Trump Organization. She will work with White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, according to the White House.

White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks steps off Air Force One on Feb. 6, 2017 upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks steps off Air Force One on Feb. 6, 2017 upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Scaramucci’s predecessor as communications director, Michael Dubke, resigned in May after about three months in the post.

The search for permanent replacement comes as Trump has repeatedly railed against leaks within his administration. His attorney general has also warned of a possible crackdown on journalists and their sources who divulge classified information.