Anthony Scaramucci has been replaced. After serving 10 days as the White House communications director last month, Scaramucci has been replaced by 28-year-old Hope Hicks, a senior communications adviser to President Donald Trump. This news came from a White House official to a pool of reporters on Wednesday.
In a statement, the White House official said that the Trump administration would be making an official announcement when they felt the time was appropriate. There has been no one in the role of communications director since Scaramucci was forced out of the office following John Kelly’s appointment as the new chief of staff in July.
Hope Hicks, as the senior communications adviser for the White House, has helped with Trump’s messaging. She was one of the first to join the press team for Donald Trump’s campaign. Prior to that, she was Trump Organization public relations professional.
Before working for the Trump Organization and becoming a member of his administration, Hicks worked for a New York public relations firm, Hiltzik Strategies. The firm was founded by a longtime supporter of Hillary Clinton, Matthew Hiltzik. She left the firm to work for Trump. While at the Trump Organization, she had her hands in several projects, including Trump resorts and a fashion line for Ivanka Trump.
The White House has struggled to fill the communications director role. Not only that, they have had a hard time keeping people in various roles. When the communications director position was first open, the press secretary, at the time, Sean Spicer took on the duties. However, instead of being offered the role, Anthony Scaramucci was given the role, forcing Spicer to quit his job at the White House because he would not work under “the Mooch.”
Originally, Jason Miller, who was a Trump campaign spokesman, was chosen for the position. However, in December, due to family reasons, he made the decision not to accept the job. Mike Duke was the next choice and was the first communications director for the Trump administration, but he resigned in May. A friend of his said that he left because of the chaos in the White House and how frustrated it was making him.
CNN reported that earlier in August, an official at the White House said that inside the administration, there was chatter that senior adviser on policy Stephen Miller, might be tapped for an elevated communications role on top of his current position. Now, Hope Hicks will take her turn on the White House communications director merry-go-round. There is no telling how long she will be able to hold on to the position.
By Cletus Dillwood
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