When you testify before the House Intelligence Committee, it’s a good idea to tell the truth – even if your boss doesn’t want you to. However, don’t expect your boss to be too happy about it.
Apparently, that’s the case between “President” Donald Trump and now soon-to-be former White House communications director Hope Hicks. Hicks announced her resignation from her position as communications director Wednesday.
That announcement came only one day after her nine-hour testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. Timing is everything, and this is one heck of a coincidence.
According to the New York Times, Hicks felt she had accomplished all she wanted to accomplish.
‘Ms. Hicks had been considering leaving the White House for several months. She told colleagues that she had accomplished what she felt she could with a job that made her one of the most powerful people in Washington, and that there would never be a perfect moment to leave, according to White House aides.’
However, information is leaking from the White House that there was another reason for her departure. Reports are Hicks resignation comes after she was “berated” by Trump for telling the House Intelligence Committee she told “white lies” for Trump; however, she didn’t lie about anything important like, you know, Russian collusion.
Apparently, that ticked Trump off – enough to berate one of the last of his original team. He’s now left with Dan Scavino Jr., the White House social media director. According to Business Insider, Hicks was the longest-tenured aide.
The New York Post noted Trump asked “how she could be that stupid” to tell the House Intelligence Committee she lied for him – even if it was white lies.
Whether or not the allegations are true, Hicks has been credited as being one of the few with any influence over Trump. In fact, her office was next to the Oval Office. The New York Times noted Hick’s offered Trump comfort in a world that Trump has never been part of.
‘Most significantly, Mr. Trump felt a more personal comfort with Ms. Hicks than he has established with almost any of his other, newer advisers since coming to Washington. And for a politician who relies so heavily on what is familiar to him, her absence could be jarring.’
How much influence could the former model actually have over Trump? Reportedly, she had some influence in tempering Trump tweeting, although she did not completely extinguish his favorite hobby. Also, it was reported she was one of the few who could manage to redirect Trump’s attention when angry. Basically, she was good at controlling a toddler throwing a temper tantrum, which is actually quite an accomplishment. Many parents would love to learn that talent.
Trump did offer a glowing statement regarding Hicks’ departure. He commented:
‘Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years. She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side, but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future.’
Someone cue Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust.” What’s significant about this departure, however, is how important she was to Trump. If she was able to exert any influence over Trump, especially tweeting, you can fully expect Trump to go off the rails at any time.
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