Friday, December 3

How 31-year-old Hope Hicks became the youngest White House communications director in history and a top executive at Fox before returning to counsel Trump

  • Hope Hicks, 31, was one of President Donald Trump’s most trusted advisers.
  • Hicks had been with the Trump campaign — to use his words — “from the beginning.” She left her job as White House communications director in February 2018 and joined Fox as a spokeswoman.
  • She’s returning to the White House as a counselor to the president, reporting to Jared Kushner.
  • On October 1, Hicks reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
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Hope Hicks was the youngest White House communications director in history. But before joining the 2016 Trump campaign, she had no political experience.

Hicks, now 31, was born in Greenwich, a town of 60,000 on the southwest tip of Connecticut that’s a favorite spot for hedge-fund headquarters.

She was a model, actress, and lacrosse player as a child, before getting her English degree at Southern Methodist University.

Hicks didn’t intend on playing such a large role in a presidential campaign, instead falling into the gig through a job at the Trump Organization.

In her time at the White House, Hicks became ensnared in two high-profile White House controversies: the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and her role in crafting the White House’s response to abuse allegations against staff secretary Rob Porter.

In February 2018, Hicks announced she was resigning one day after she said in testimony she had occasionally told white lies for the president but never lied about anything consequential related to the Russia investigation.

After laying low in New York and Connecticut for several months, Hicks headed to 21st Century Fox as executive vice president and chief communications officer.

Now she’s rejoining the White House as a counselor to the president, reporting to senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Here’s what we know about Hicks.