WH Communications Director to Resign after Admitting to Telling ’White Lies’
Hope Hicks, the 29-year-old White House communications director, will resign in the coming weeks.
Hicks joined US President Donald Trump's campaign in 2016, and was one of his longest-serving and most trusted advisers.
News of her resignation came one day after she reportedly told the House Intelligence Committee that she was occasionally required to tell "white lies" as part of her job.
But Hicks had been considering leaving her post for months, according to the New York Times. She reportedly told friends she felt she had accomplished all she could in her high-level position.
In a statement, Trump called the communications director "outstanding," and said she had done "great work" on his campaign and in the White House.
"She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person," Trump said. "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."
Hicks said she had "no words" to express her gratitude to Trump, adding: "I wish the President and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country."
Hicks took over as the Trump administration's third communications director following the departure of Sean Spicer and the short-lived tenure of Anthony Scaramucci. Before assuming the powerful role, she served as spokesperson for the Trump campaign and a press and communications aide for the White House.
Meanwhile, Chief of Staff John Kelly said in a statement: "When I became Chief of Staff, I quickly realized what so many have learned about Hope - she is strategic, poised and wise beyond her years ... To say that she will be missed is an understatement."
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team