White House Communications Director Hope Hicks announced her resignation Wednesday afternoon, ending the 29-year old’s tenure as one of President Trump’s longest-serving staffers.
According to the New York Times, Hicks -who joined President Trump’s campaign in 2016- has considered leaving the post for months, telling colleagues “she had accomplished what she felt she could with a job that made her one of the most powerful people in Washington, and that there would never be a perfect moment to leave.”
The news comes less than 24 hours after she was questioned on Capitol Hill by the House Intelligence Committee over their investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race.
“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” said a statement from President Trump.
“She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person,” he added. “I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future.”
“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,” added White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. “She has served her country with great distinction. To say that she will be missed, is an understatement.”