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Hope Hicks, who has long been by President Donald Trump’s side as a trusted aide and communications strategist, will step in to fill the vacant role of White House communications director, the White House confirmed Wednesday after multiple outlets reported the news.
Hicks, 28, will serve in Anthony Scaramucci’s former role on an interim basis until the administration is able to appoint a full-time communications director. “We will make an announcement on a permanent communications director at the appropriate time,” the White House said.
“Hope is a terrific person and will do a great job. Wishing her the best,” Scaramucci tweeted after the news was confirmed.
The Daily Caller, which is seen as an ally of the administration, first reported late Tuesday that Hicks would become communications director, though the publication seemed to suggest that the position would be permanent. Both The New York Times and The Washington Post then reported that Hicks would be filling the role only temporarily.
The White House has struggled to find a permanent, stable fit as communications director. Scaramucci served a tumultuous 11 days as communications director before being ousted when General John Kelly took over for Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff.
Hicks was a prominent press aide during the president’s campaign, and has served as his unofficial gatekeeper.
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