White House Communications Director desire Hicks attends a listening session hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump with student survivors of school shootings, their parents as well as teachers within the State Dining Room at the White House February 21, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Trump issued a statement praising Hicks. He said she came to him about “pursuing different opportunities.”
“desire is usually outstanding as well as has done great work for the last three years. She is usually as smart as well as thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side however when she approached me about pursuing different opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again within the future.”
Hicks, who rarely spoke publicly, had the difficult task of controlling the message by an often chaotic White House. For much of Trump’s presidential campaign she led its response to press inquiries, as well as the president reportedly had great trust in her.
Tensions had risen within the White House in recent weeks as chief of staff John Kelly aimed to crack down on access to highly classified information after domestic abuse allegations against Rob Porter, former staff secretary. Porter was one of numerous White House staffers operating under a temporary security clearance, as well as others like Trump’s senior advisor as well as son-in-law Jared Kushner recently had their clearances downgraded. Hicks reportedly dated Porter.
Since Trump took office in January 2017, Michael Dubke, Sean Spicer as well as Anthony Scaramucci also left the role of White House communications director. Spicer, the former press secretary, held the position in an acting capacity.