Trump's Longtime Aide Named White House Communications Director

Lawrence Kim
September 14, 2017

She will now hold the job on a permanent basis, according to Bloomberg.

The White House also announced that Mercedes Schlapp, a GOP strategist and a former Fox News contributor, has been named senior adviser for strategic communications.

Hicks had been in the post on an interim basis after replacing Anthony Scaramucci, who was sacked in July after less than two weeks on the job.

Despite being a public figure, Hicks prefers to keep a low profile and stay away from the camera. She remained close by Trump's side throughout his candidacy and on into the White House.

Her family also visited Trump's infamous Far-a-Lago resort earlier this year with the president himself, and Hicks celebrated the Jewish holiday Shabbat with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Her relationship with Trump started when she left Hiltzik, a NY public relations firm, to work for the Trump Organization.

During the interview, Mr Trump condemned Attorney General Jeff Sessions's decision to recuse himself from an investigation into his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

The communications director role has been a hard one to fill permanently for the Trump administration. Leading many to believe that the account was not run by her.

She later joined the Trump Organization full time. "She has his trust". Hicks is a regular sight embarking from Air Force One. A former Ford model, she started working for Trump in 2015.

The weekend after the 2016 United States election, Ms Hicks - off-the-clock - instinctively defended the President when she overheard negative comments about his victory while at a Bermuda golf club for a family wedding. "As it relates to the other people in the comms shop, I've got to get to know them".

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