Saturday 16 December 2017

White House names Hicks as new communications director

Appointment: Hope Hicks. Photo: Getty Images
Appointment: Hope Hicks. Photo: Getty Images

Erica Werner in Washington

The White House has permanently appointed former fashion model Hope Hicks (28) as its new communications director.

Ms Hicks is a long-time aide of President Trump, having served as his presidential campaign's lead spokeswoman.

She previously worked as a model and as a publicist for Ivanka Trump's fashion label.

She has been interim communications director for the past few weeks. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said yesterday that Ms Hicks had been named to the job permanently.

Ms Hicks is the third White House communications director in the administration's nearly eight months.

Her predecessor, Wall Street personality Anthony Scaramucci, served in the role for less than two weeks before being removed over harsh language he used about two then-White House advisers.

Mr Trump's chief of staff, Reince Priebus, and spokesman, Sean Spicer, both left their posts after Mr Scaramucci's appointment.

General John Kelly, who replaced Mr Priebus, sacked Mr Scaramucci after he was sworn in.

Mike Dubke, who was first appointed as communications director, resigned in May.

Irish Independent

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