White House Has A New Communications Director - Again
- Author: Rogelio Becker Sep 13, 2017,
Sep 13, 2017, 0:24
Hicks was named the interim communications director last month following the departure of Anthony Scaramucci. She worked for Matthew Hiltzik's firm Hiltzik Strategies, based in NY, and she was assigned to the account of Ivanka Trump's fashion line.
When Trump visited Mar-a-Lago past year, Hicks' family traveled to visit as well, The New York Times reports.
She had been working for the first daughter, doing public relations for Ivanka Trump's brand, when the businessman brought her in to handle press requests for his young presidential campaign. As Hicks once said of Trump, "He is brilliant with a great sense of humor, and an fantastic ability to make people feel special and aspire to be more than even they thought possible".
Hicks' relationship with Trump began while she was working for Hiltzik Strategies, a NY public relations firm founded by Matthew Hiltzik, a longtime Hillary Clinton supporter. When she chose the latter, Lewandowski reportedly told Hicks, "You're fucking dead to me".
Trump himself eventually succeeded in getting her to change her mind.
Trump has already seen a number of high-profile staff shakeups, just eight months into his administration.
And Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary who filled in as communications director when the role was open, resigned in July.
Prior to joining Mr Trump's campaign team, Ms Hicks had no experience working in politics. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the White House Press Secretary and Stephanie Grisham is the Communications Director for first lady Melania Trump. As Cosmopolitan uncovered, she even posed for the book jacket for the first book in the It Girl series, which is an offshoot of the Gossip Girl series.
Originally from Greenwich, Connecticut, Ms Hicks received her English degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 2010.