Jennifer Rubin: What does Hope Hicks' departure mean for the White House?
Mar 03, 2018, 00:36
In this case it was an important confidante, the mysterious former fashion model Hope Hicks. One can hardly be faulted for following the president's lead.
The timing is curious, to say the least.
"According to the New York Times, Hope Hicks told the White House Intelligence committee yesterday that she has occasionally had to tell white lies - white lies, or as Melania calls them, vows".
"Hicks was crying as news of her impending departure rippled through Washington and beyond", one senior official said. His son-in-law Jared Kushner is up to his eyeballs in controversy and has been denied top security clearance. While Shah appeared to professionally and deftly handle the reporters' barrage of questions over the Porter scandal, Trump reportedly didn't like that Shah said that "it's fair to say we all could have done better dealing with this over the last few days", reported MediaIte.
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Sessions and Trump's deteriorating relationship was on full display Wednesday after Trump tweeted that his attorney general's decision to refer questions to the inspector general was "disgraceful". After all, admitting to spreading any kind of falsehood is not something that anyone in the "fake news"-spouting White House likes to do". The point: Regardless of which one it was, it doesn't portend good things or stability in the White House moving forward. She was never a political operative and never seemed entirely at ease shifting from the private sector to the White House. A day before Hicks resigned, Kushner's spokesman Josh Raffelannounced he, too, was quitting. Not because she's a PR genius but because she's the rare aidewho knows how to talk to the erratic and temperamental boss in a way that gets through to him. She frequently visited family in CT and friends in NY, where she felt she could comfortably walk down the street without being accosted or asked for a favor.
But as someone with a pull toward discretion - Hicks, 29, who grew up in the buttoned-up suburb of Greenwich, Connecticut, the daughter and granddaughter of prominent public relations men - seeing her name splashed across worldwide tabloids had taken a toll. "You have people that go to the hospital with a broken arm and they are addicted, they are addicted to painkillers and they don't even know what happened". Her office was right outside president trump's oval office. She had been part of a critical strategy session where the White House chose to draft a misleading statement about a 2016 meeting between Trump's entourage and Russians. "She's going to be very open to anything the president wants her to do". Or it may have been because she was a focus of the Mueller probe into Russian collusion.
The entertainment website The Blast reports that Hicks should consider a career in crisis PR for celebrities. For that she deserves credit - more so than Ivanka Trump or many of Trump's advisers. Often, she could single-handedly arrange time with the easily distracted president. In other words, she kept her dignity, which is no small accomplishment in this White House. "I'd kill to have her as my client". She's out - and really does have a wealth of opportunities ahead of her.
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