"It's enough to make lower people wither," Mr. Gidley said about the news media that focused on Ms. Hicks. "I made a joke that Britney Spears shaved her head and hit a car with an umbrella over similar treatment from the paparazzi."
wife. Hicks's proximity to the president was also a matter of interest to those who investigated the ties of the Trump campaign to Russian officials.
The investigators have tried to find out what she knew about the president's decision to send F.B.I. Director, James B. Comey. And in January, a former spokesman for the legal department of Mr. Trump had intended to tell the investigators that Ms. Hicks once wrote emails from Donald Trump Jr. at a Trump Tower meeting ̵
In a closed session of the House Intelligence Committee, following the resignation of Mr. White's White House Porter, Ms. Hicks stated that her work sometimes required her to tell "white lies" on behalf of the President.
Hours Later, she announced that she would leave the White House. Ms. Hicks, who avoids interviews with the news media, made a statement saying she had "no words" to express her gratitude to the president. She had told her family and a few friends three days earlier that she intended to leave.
It had become clear to others that at the end of her tenure, Mrs. Hicks was exhausted from the internal clashes in the West Wing and the daily shortage of her waking hours on call to the President. It was a grueling lifestyle.
After she woke up and sent her first e-mails of the day around 4:30 am, Ms. Hicks pressed a workout. Then, for most of the working day, she was in her office the size of a closet, waiting for the President's inevitable call: "Hopester," said Mr. Trump or "Hopey!" He sought her advice in a series of developing crises facing the White House, as well as to test his instinct against hers.
She never cultivated life outside the White House.
Several current and former helpers praised Ms. Hick's political instincts and understanding of Mr. Trump's news. She often drafted his public statements and assumed his propensity to speak in simple declarations stocked with Trumpian favorites – "unbelievable," "unequaled."
From time to time, she advised him on whether to send a furious Twitter post in his best political interests. From time to time, she told a former White House official it was.
Little is known about the degree to which Ms. Hicks was a mediating force in an atypical White House with a president. Pulse is often his last reaction.
While news of the tax reform was tightly controlled by a team under the control of Ms. Hicks, Mr. Trump seems to have taken little notice in recent weeks of a formal implementation of his government's policy goals. Instead, he has proposed the death penalty for drug traffickers, has entered into arbitrary diplomatic talks with North Korea, and has turned his views on tariffs back and forth. And on Thursday, at a show in Ohio that was about infrastructure, he seemed to stop a trade deal that had already been negotiated with South Korea.
There is a noticeable worry among those in the West Wing over whom the President is now entrusting himself – and how many other people can occasionally withdraw him – now that Ms. Hicks is
She is also one to the people the staff relied on to bolster morale – a White House official described her departure as a mother leaving her children behind. To lessen the tension in a chaotic workplace, Ms. Hicks baked cookies for helpers on Valentine's Day, exchanging country song referrals and texting her colleagues' funny video clips.
Another person who had conversations with both the President and Mrs. Hicks In recent weeks, under the condition of anonymity, in order not to spread private conversations, he said Trump relied on her and trusted her unconditionally, mainly because she had never shown the willingness to set her own agenda before his. She had also gained the trust of others in the Trump family for her loyalty.
"Hope is exceptional in every way and is loved by all who know it," said Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and senior counselor, in a statement. "She is brilliant, dedicated and compassionate – a unique talent."
The President's Chief of Staff, John F. Kelly, has told several people that he may be leaving the role of communications director for some time. But Tony Sayegh, a spokesman for the Ministry of Finance, should be considered for this task along with Mercedes Strategic Communications Director Mercedes Schlapp. Another possible choice is Kellyanne Conway, who, like Mick's Hicks, is able to communicate on Mr. Trump's wavelength, being one of the few senior advisors.
At least, the small office next to the Oval Office, which is reserved for a Trump confidante, is staffed by Dan Scavino, the director of social media and the only surviving Trump campaign original in the White House. Prior to Mrs. Hicks, this room was used by Keith Schiller, the President's longtime bodyguard, while working in the West Wing.
Hicks formally declined several requests for this article. She was embarrassed with people asking where she would work next, or her plans for a three-year Grind vacation, even though she told friends she was ready for a break. Nonetheless, she is likely to be among those in the Trump alumni orbit populated by other former White House and election officials called by the President.
On her last day, Ms. Hicks had already sent 50 handwritten notes to the senior staff and other people. At one of her last public appearances as a Presidential Advisor, Ms. Hicks stood next to Mr. Trump when he came out of the Oval Office and stood in front of the cameras for the first time in nearly a week.
He kissed Mrs. Hicks on the cheek and then walked across the lawn where Marine One was waiting. Two other White House assistants, Stephen Miller, a senior political advisor, and Ms. Trump, who years ago was Ms. Hicks' entry into the Trump Railway, traveled with him to Ohio and then on to Florida.
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