Hope Hicks, the 28-year-old former model and college athlete who handled the media during Donald Trump’s campaign, will be the president’s next Communications Director, Daily Caller is reporting.
She has mostly stayed behind the scenes (not appearing on television, for example), but she has been photographed many times at Trump campaign and White House events.
However, The New York Times is reporting that Hicks would just be taking the position on a temporary basis.
The White House has now confirmed that account.
Daily Caller reported on August 16, through a source, that Trump has offered the job to Hicks, and she has accepted it. She was already serving as Trump’s director of strategic communications, which, according to Daily Caller, is a job that kept her more behind-the-scenes. Other sites, such as CNN, then reported that Hicks will be Communications Director.
The Comm Director position has been one of instability. Several people have cycled through the position, most dramatically Anthony Scaramucci, who only lasted a few controversy-filled days, undone by an uncouth conversation with a reporter about other White House officials.
In contrast to Scaramucci’s style, Hicks is known for her aversion to being front-and-center. You don’t see her on TV like Kellyanne Conway, and she isn’t whipping out tweets like Scaramucci.
Who is Hope Hicks? How did she rise so fast, so soon? Trump seems to be narrowing the circle around him to family members and Trump Organization loyalists and weeding out the political types (like Reince Priebus and, maybe, if rumors are correct, Steve Bannon).
Hicks has worked for Trump and his daughter Ivanka since before his presidential campaign. She got her start working on PR campaigns for his company and then for his daughter’s. She had no political experience when she joined the campaign, but during it she was considered a media gatekeeper, closely guarding access to Trump.
Hicks’ financial disclosure form shows she earned $141,417 as a communications consultant for Donald Trump for president, as well as $71,689 as communications director for the Trump Organization, and $21,830 working for Trump for America.
Trump has called Hicks nicknames like “Hopester.” The trust that Trump has in her led Politico to dub her the “Untouchable Hope Hicks.”
She has spoken effusively about the president. “I promise, he’s a good person!” Politico quoted her as telling naysayers at a family wedding. In turn, reported Politico, “She is protected, in a world of rival power centers, by the deep bond she shares with the man at the top.”
She was at his side when he controversially “left open the possibility” of firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in an interview with The New York Times, according to Politico.
Conservative writer Mike Cernovich (who has been labeled “Alt-right”), claimed in a Medium article that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster once said he is “not going to take orders from that high schooler,” referring to Hope Hicks.
Town and Country Magazine called Hicks an “enigma” and reported that she wrote a line in a Trump speech that said, “We are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all of its very ugly forms.”
According to the Town and Country profile, Hicks grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut where she “swam at Greenwich Country Club, was co-captain of the lacrosse team at Greenwich High School, and played lacrosse all four years in college.”
The magazine reports that she also was a model. “At 11, she and her sister were hired for a Ralph Lauren campaign. She was also tapped as the face of the Hourglass Adventures, a series of novels about a time-traveling 10-year-old.” She also had a Guiding Light cameo, according to the magazine.
Her father, Paul Hicks, is a public relations executive who handled communications for the NFL and, reports Town and Country, both her parents worked in politics; “her mother as legislative aide for a Democrat from Tennessee and her father as chief of staff for a Republican congressman from Connecticut.”
According to The Washington Post, Hicks became acquainted with Trump in 2012 when she joined a New York PR firm and was assigned to work on various Trump-related accounts. She ended up working for Ivanka Trump before Trump decided to make her his presidential campaign press secretary.
She attended Southern Methodist University.