UPDATE: Hope Hicks to become permanent White House communications director

UPDATE — 9/12, 2:32 p.m. EDT: Multiple media sources reported Tuesday that Hope Hicks will become the White House’s permanent communications director.

In August, Hicks was named as the interim replacement for New York businessman Anthony Scaramucci, who was dismissed from the job less than two weeks into his Trump administration tenure.

According to CNN, Ms. Hicks maintains a work desk outside the Oval Office which she has occupied since January. 

 

Hope Hicks, a long-time Trump press aide and current White House director of strategic communications, was named interim White House communications director on Wednesday.

Hicks, who is the fourth person to become the top communications aide in Trump’s seven months in the White House, replaces Anthony Scaramucci, who was dismissed after 10 days by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

In naming Hicks to the role, the White House added it would seek a full-time replacement for the position at “an appropriate time.”

Hicks, 28, is the youngest person to serve as White House communications director.

A Connecticut native and former teenage model, Hicks earned an athletic scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Dallas and competed on the women’s lacrosse team.  She graduated from SMU in 2010 with a degree in English.

Following her graduation, Hicks accepted a position with Hiltzik Strategies, a New York public relations firm, and worked closely with Ivanka Trump on Trump’s fashion line.  Impressed with her work, Trump persuaded Hicks to join the Trump Organization in 2014.

Shortly after joining the Trump Organization, Hicks was offered a role as a press aide to the elder Trump, who was then considering a run for the White House.

Since early 2015, Hicks has remained at President Trump’s side, and was named White House director of strategic communications after Trump was sworn in.

 

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