Hope Hicks

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Hope Hicks on Air Force One (2017)

Hope Charlotte Hicks (born October 21, 1988 in Greenwich , Connecticut ) is an American PR consultant and model. She was Director of Strategic Communications from January to September 2017 and Director of Communications at the White House under US President Donald Trump from August 2017 to April 2018 . On February 28, 2018, US President Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders announced that Hicks would be stepping down in the next few weeks. She left the White House a month later. Since the beginning of 2019, Hicks was head of public relations at 21st Century Fox , which also includes the Fox News Channel . She has been Counselor to the President since March 9, 2020 .

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Hicks was born on October 21, 1988 in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. She is the daughter of Paul Burton Hicks III. and Caye Ann Hicks, b. Cavender. Hope Hicks was already working as a model for Ralph Lauren when she was eleven and appeared in a series about a ten-year-old girl for The Hourglass Adventures magazine . As a teenager, she worked for Ford Models and was also photographed by star photographer Bruce Weber . She appeared in a cameo role on the television series Springfield Story and auditioned for a role in a feature film directed by Alec Baldwin . She attended high school in her hometown, where she was involved in the sports of swimming , rowing and lacrosse . She also swam at the Greenwich Country Club.

It has been registered with the Republican Party since 2008 .

Hicks graduated from Southern Methodist University in Texas and graduated with a bachelor's degree in English in 2010 . During her studies, she continued to play lacrosse. After graduating, she worked for the PR agency Zeno Group . During a visit to the Super Bowl , Alec Baldwin introduced her to his PR consultant Matthew Hiltzik, who hired her at his agency.

Since 2012 she has worked as a consultant and model for Ivanka Trump and departments of the Trump Organization of Donald Trump, Hiltzik's clients. In August 2014, Hicks moved to the Trump Organization in the Trump Tower , where she also lived. After Donald Trump's decision to run for the 2016 presidential election in June 2015 , she worked as the press officer for his presidential campaign. There were also multiple arguments with Trump's temporary campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. At the same time, Hicks continued to work as a model for Ivanka Trump. When Lewandowski, who was fired by Trump in June 2016, asked her to choose between her new role and her job at the Trump Organization, she initially wanted to give up her post as press secretary, but was convinced by Donald Trump to continue. One of their jobs was to decide which media inquiries were forwarded to Trump.

After Donald Trump's election victory , Hicks became the press spokeswoman for the transition team for the US President-elect . On December 22, 2016, Trump appointed Hicks as the White House Director of Strategic Communications. According to media reports, she wrote the drafts for the US President's tweets.

In January 2017, Forbes magazine named her in the 30-under-30 list .

She was appointed interim communications director by President Trump on August 16, 2017 after the position's previous owner, Anthony Scaramucci , stepped down earlier this month. In addition to helping with the search for a permanent successor, her main task was to “orchestrate and coordinate a uniform message from the White House”. In mid-September 2017, Hicks officially succeeded Anthony Scaramucci.

In December 2017, Special Counsel Robert Mueller interviewed Hicks for two days as part of his investigation into Russian influence over the US election campaign . She also testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee . On February 27, 2018, the Secret Service Committee of the US House of Representatives questioned Hicks about the Russia affair . She refused numerous replies and said she had occasionally told " white lies " for Trump.

Hicks was considered a close Trump confidante. She returned to the White House as a consultant in February 2020.


Her father, Paul Burton Hicks III., Served as legal counsel for Stewart McKinney , of the US state of Connecticut in the House of Representatives represented. He later served as senior vice president of corporate communications for the National Football League and served as PR consultant for Ogilvy & Mather . In 2007 he donated to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign . He works for the Glover Park Group public relations firm in Washington, DC

Her mother, Caye Ann Hicks, graduated from the University of Tennessee and served as legal advisor to Ed Jones , who represented the state of Tennessee in the House of Representatives.

Her paternal grandmother, Lucile G. Hicks, was an artist; her grandfather, Paul Burton Hicks Jr., was vice president and general manager of the Texaco oil company .

Her maternal grandfather, GW Franklin Cavender, was an administrative trainee at the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC and later director of communications for the University of Tennessee's Department of Agriculture. Her grandmother, Marilee B. Cavender, was a consumer affairs specialist with the United States Department of Transportation .

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  10. Rebecca Nelson: Meet Donald Trump's 27-year-old Communications Director, Hope Hicks. Marie Claire , June 7, 2016, accessed January 28, 2017 .
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  21. zeit.de February 28, 2018: Hope Hicks told "white lies" for Trump
  22. sueddeutsche.de February 13, 2018: Excitement about Trump's most loyal employee
  23. cnn.com February 13, 2020: Hope Hicks expected to return to White House
  24. ^ A b Paul Hicks Weds Caye A. Cavender. The New York Times , May 16, 1982; accessed January 28, 2017 .