In a surprise move, one well-known former female employee is making a return to the White House.
According to reports, Hope Hicks will be rejoining the Trump Administration, but not as communications director.
The news broke on Thursday that Hicks will be making her return to the Trump Administration. According to The New York Times, this time Hicks will be working as part of Jared Kushner’s team as “counselor to the president.”
“But on her return, she will report to Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, and work with the White House political director, Brian Jack,” the Times reports. “Her title will be “counselor to the president.'”
The Times continues: “A senior administration official said that Ms. Hicks would work on projects that Mr. Kushner oversees, including the re-election campaign. She will not rejoin the communications office.”
Where she left off
The communications office, of course, is where Hicks found herself during the last go around. For the first eight months of President Trump’s administration, Hicks was the first-ever White House Director of Strategic Communications. Roughly two years ago now she tendered her resignation.
Prior to that, Hicks worked with Ivanka Trump before joining the Trump 2016 presidential campaign, a gig that eventually led to her White Hosue communications position.
But, what might stick out most in readers’ minds is what happened last year, when Hicks was forced into the spotlight to testify before Congress in regard to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian probe. It will be remembered that, thereafter, she took a lot of heat not only for her performance but for admitting that she told some “white lies” on the president’s behalf.
But, that is all behind her now. After news broke that Hicks will be rehired, members of the Trump administration seemed quite happy with the decision.
“There is no one more devoted to implementing President Trump’s agenda than Hope Hicks,” said Kushner. “We are excited to have her back on the team.”
Similar praise was given by White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham. “She has always impressed me with her quiet confidence, loyalty and expertise, and I am beyond thrilled to welcome Hope back to the White House,” she said.
We’ll have to see if this new position is a better fit for Hicks.