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The White House has made Hope Hicks’ role as communications director official and permanent, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed.
In mid-August, it was reported that Hicks, who served as a trusted press aide during Donald Trump’s campaign, would fill in as communications director until the administration was able to find a permanent fit for the role.
Hicks, it was said, would help find the White House’s permanent communications director. The position has been vacant several times during Trump’s first seven-and-a-half months in office, and was most recently held on a full-time basis by Anthony Scaramucci, who only lasted 11 days.
Bloomberg News first reported that Hicks would get the job indefinitely, as part of an administration effort to “clean up a disorganized communications operation.” Hicks, Bloomberg reported, is “viewed by staff as a strong leader because she is one of the president’s most trusted aides and therefore secure in her standing.”
Sanders, who was made press secretary when Sean Spicer stepped down from the position and “The Mooch” was hired, has brought some much-needed consistency and stability to the White House’s press operation.
Sept. 12, 8 a.m. This story has been updated to reflect that Sanders confirmed that Hicks would remain in her interim position.
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