Who is Hope Hicks? All you need to know about Donald Trump's 'Mooch' replacement

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Hope Hicks has been appointed Donald Trump’s latest White House communications director.

The 28-year-old is the fourth person to be offered the job since the US President took up office in January.

Ms Hicks, from Connecticut, was selected for the role on Tuesday and will be the acting head of press relations until a permanent director is chosen.

Here is all you need to know about President Trump’s latest appointee. 

Who is Hope Hicks?

Ms Hicks was the director of strategic communications at the White House before being promoted into the new interim role.

She first got to know the Trump family in 2012 when she worked in public relations at Hiltzik Strategies. As part of her job she worked with client Ivanka Trump to promote her fashion brand.

Hope Hicks, the new White House interim director of communications. (EPA)

She then joined the Trump Organisation full time in 2014 and did further work for Ivanka as well as press relations for the empire’s holiday resorts.

The young media professional then joined the president’s campaign press team last year.

She was reportedly in charge of which journalists could interview President Trump as well as taking dictation for his famous tweets.

Hope Hicks and Steve Bannon near the West Wing in February 2017. (EPA)

But Ms Hicks has mostly been working behind the scenes and away from the cameras.

What is her relationship with President Trump like?

According to CNN, one White House source described her as the president’s “emotional support” while another said she was “untouchable”, suggesting she is removed from any squabbling between internal staff.

She also is close to the president’s daughter and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Ms Hicks is reportedly among the top highest-paid White House staff, earning $179,700 (around £139,000) a year.

According to the New York Times, she has a note from President Trump above her desk reading: “Hopie – you’re the greatest”.

How many communications directors have there been since President Trump took up office?

The first was Sean Spicer, who served for 45 days until Mike Dubke took over in March.

Donald Trump with Sean Spicer, who is no longer White House Press Secretary (REUTERS)

Mr Dubke has been the longest serving head of PR for President Trump, before leaving in June after 88 days.

Mr Spicer came back in the role as acting director, before being replaced by Anthony Scaramucci who lasted for just 10 days.

According to the White House at the time, Mr Scaramucci was dismissed from the role in order to give the new chief of staff John Kelly a “clean slate”.

Following Ms Hicks’ appointment, former communications director Mr Scaramucci tweeted: “Hope is a terrific person and will do a great job. Wishing her the best.”


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