Donald Trump: Hope Hicks to be acting White House communications director

Donald Trump: Hope Hicks to be acting White House communications director

Donald Trump: Hope Hicks to be acting White House communications director

Updated 18 August 2017, 11:20 AEST

Hope Hicks will serve temporarily as White House communications director.

The White House has announced President Donald Trump's longtime aide Hope Hicks will serve temporarily as his communications director.

Key points:

  • Hope Hicks has a reputation as a 'Trump whisperer' and was Trump's spokeswoman on presidential campaign
  • Hicks worked as a model before moving into PR and politics
  • Permanent communications director will be named at a later date

It's two weeks since Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci was fired from that role after just 10 days. His predecessor, Michael Dubke, quit after just three months.

Read on to find out more about the latest aide to take on the job.

Who is Hope Hicks?

Ms Hicks is only 28, but she's had a long connection with the Trumps.

She worked for high-profile New York public relations firm Hiltzik Strategies, before moving on to work for the Trumps, including on Ivanka Trump's fashion business.

In 2015, she became Mr Trump's spokeswoman on his presidential campaign.

"My father makes people earn his trust. She's earned his trust," Ms Trump told The New York Times.

Her title in the White House is director of strategic communications. She's considered one of the most important players in his inner circle, which has led to her reputation as a "Trump whisperer".

Before her PR and political careers, Ms Hicks modelled with the Ford agency, including a campaign for Ralph Lauren.

She also featured on the cover of a Gossip Girl spin-off novel.

Her father Paul Hicks was chief of staff to former Republican representative Stewart McKinney.

What will her job be as communications director?

Ms Hicks will work with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to help set the White House's media strategy.

She's got her work cut out for her, with the White House currently struggling to weather the fallout after Mr Trump again blamed "both sides" for violence that followed a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ms Hicks will also be involved in battling leaks within the White House.

Mr Trump's Attorney-General has also warned of a possible crackdown on journalists and their sources who divulge classified information.

A permanent communications director will be named at a later date.

Why was The Mooch fired again?

Mr Scaramucci proved to be a divisive figure in the White House.

He gave an interview (which he says he didn't realise was on the record) to The New Yorker in which he railed against then-chief of staff Reince Priebus and current chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Former press secretary Sean Spicer resigned over his arrival, and when John Kelly took over as chief of staff, he quickly asked for Mr Scaramucci's resignation.

What about Mr Bannon, is he safe?

Not necessarily.

At his extraordinary press conference in which he defended his response to the Virginia violence, Mr Trump was asked if he still had confidence in his chief strategist.

The US President said, "We'll see what happens with Mr Bannon. He's a good person, and I think the press treats him, frankly, very unfairly."

So, wait and see.

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