Hope Hicks will be coming back to Washington to work at the White House, taking a senior adviser position reporting to Jared Kushner, it was announced Thursday.
ABC News first reported Hicks’ return, saying that her official title will be counselor to the president, a title Kellyanne Conway also holds.
Ivanka Trump tweeted ‘Welcome back Hope!’ confirming the news.
It means Hicks, 31, will leave the $1 million-a-year job with Fox News’ parent company Fox Corporation which she took up when she left in March 2018.
Hicks announced she was departing the administration in the wake of her then boyfriend Rob Porter’s past allegations of domestic violence being exposed by DailyMail.com.
She went to the job as head of communications with Fox in Los Angeles six months later, after spending six month living in Manhattan. Fox Corporation has yet to comment on her departure.
President Trump (left) waves to reporters standing alongside White House Communications Director Hope Hicks (right) in March 2018. She had announced her White House departure a month before. Now she’s headed back to the West Wing in a few weeks
First daughter and top presidential adviser Ivanka Trump confirmed the news that former Communications Director Hope Hicks was returning to the administration
Hope Hicks will work under Jared Kushner (center), the husband of Ivanka Trump (left), who Hicks originally worked for when she joined the Trump Administration. Then-businessman Donald Trump poached Hicks to beocme his presidential campaign’s press secretary
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Porter was forced to resign from his position as White House staff secretary after abuse allegations from both his ex-wives – Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby – came to light.
Willoughby spoke exclusively to DailyMail.com of the torment Porter put her through.
News of Hicks’ departure came the same day the top Trump aide testified before the House Intelligence Committee, telling lawmakers she sometimes told ‘white lies’ on behalf of the president.
A month later she left the White House with as jovial Trump parading her outside the Oval Office.
She joins a list of Trump aides who have staged comebacks – although hers may be the most spectacular yet.
Most of his ousted aides who have stayed in the camp have found role on his campaign, including Sean Spicer, the first White House press secretary of the administration.
Spicer and Reince Priebus, his first chief of staff, were both given roles this week as members of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
Kirstjen Nielsen who he ousted as Homeland Security secretary in April 2019 is now a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.
Hicks had chosen not to turn her White House experience into a tell-all memoir which could have netted her up to $10 million – but would have seen her cast out of the Trump camp in the manner of John Bolton.
Other loyalists who want to stay close to Trump have written or are writing books – including Spicer, and his successor Sarah Huckabee Sanders – but in defense of their former boss.
Hope Hicks (left) is photographed in the Oval Office with President Trump (center) and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (right) during her tenure as White House communications director in January 2018
Hope Hicks left the White House in the wake of the resignation of her boyfriend, Staff Secretary Rob Porter (right), who was accused by both of his ex-wives of domestic violence
Hicks would not have wanted for material for a memoir even before her comeback. She was one of the president’s original members of his 2016 campaign team.
A former Ralph Lauren model from the affluent Manhattan dormitory town of Greenwich, Connecticut, Hicks came to work for the president via Ivanka Trump, who she had represented as a public relations assistant first at Hiltzik Communications, and then working directly for Ivanka.
She gained a wider role at the Trump Organization then took on the role of campaign press secretary without any prior political experience.
Hicks was at Trump’s side throughout the campaign and seen as one of his surest aides, described as a substitute daughter by those who saw them close up.
Hicks then joined the administration, first in the newly created role of White House director of strategic communications.
In August 2017, she was promoted to interim White House communications director. A month later she was given the job permanently.
She was the third person to hold the job full-time, following Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired after just 10 days on the job.
Author Michael Wolff revealed in Fire and Fury that White House staffers called her Trump’s ‘real daughter,’ and Ivanka his ‘real wife.’
But when DailyMail.com revealed first that she was secretly dating Porter, and then that allegations of domestic abuse had been made against him by both his ex-wives, she was forced to the center of public attention.
Within weeks her position became untenable, culminating in a disastrous eight hour session in front of the House Intelligence Committee in which she admitted telling ‘white lies’ about the president.