White House director of strategic communications Hope Hicks is stepping into an expanded role with new responsibilities as the administration searches for its third communications director since January.
Hicks will take on the duties normally assigned to the communications director on an unofficial and temporarily basis. She will also work with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on finding a permanent replacement for the communications director role in the administration.
She is one of President Donald Trump’s most trusted aides, having served as press secretary of his presidential campaign in 2015. Hicks also has close ties to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser.
The communications director role has been vacant since Anthony Scaramucci was fired by newly-appointed White House chief of staff John Kelly only 10 days after joining the administration. Prior to that, Mike Dubke served in that role for 88 days, with a friend saying he was frustrated with the disorganization within the executive branch.