White House Communications Director Hope Hicks resigning

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's most loyal aides, is resigning.

Hicks' departure capped her meteoric rise from Trump Organization communications aide to the upper crust of power in Washington in just a few years, during which Hicks sought to maintain a remarkably low profile for someone in her position.

“There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump,” Hicks said in a statement provided by the White House, in which she did not say what she planned to do next. “I wish the President and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country.”

Hicks' announcement came a day after she declined to answer many questions during an appearance before House Russia investigators. Earlier this month, she also was drawn into the controversy surrounding former staff secretary Rob Porter, whom she had been dating and who resigned amid claims of physical and verbal abuse from two ex-wives.

Her date of departure was not immediately clear, but the White House said she would leave “in the next few weeks.”

“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” Trump said in a statement. “I will miss having her by my side, but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood.”

A former model, Hicks, 29, is Trump’s longest serving aide, having worked with him before he announced his candidacy, through the campaign and into the second year of his administration.

Hicks joined the White House after the campaign, and was promoted to communications director over the summer. The White House credited her with leading strategic messaging for the tax reform effort and working with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to stabilize the press and communications teams.

“When I became chief of staff, I quickly realized what so many have learned about Hope – she is strategic, poised and wise beyond her years,” chief of staff John Kelly said in a statement.

Kelly added: “She became a trusted adviser and counselor and did a tremendous job overseeing the communications for the president’s agenda including the passage of historic tax reform. She has served her country with great distinction. To say that she will be missed, is an understatement.”

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