Hicks announced she was resigning Wednesday, a day after admitting to a Congressional committee that she has told "white lies" for Trump in the past. Hicks issued a statement after the announcement. "There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump. I wish the President and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country."
Both President Trump and his Chief of Staff John Kelly issued statements after work of Hicks' resignation. "Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years, Trump said in a White House statement.
"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."
Kelly, in a statement, called Hicks, "strategic, poised and wise beyond her years."
"She became a trusted adviser and counselor and did a tremendous job overseeing the communications for the president’s agenda, including the passage of historic tax reform. She has served her country with great distinction. Kelly also said "that she will be missed, is an understatement."
White Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the timeline for Hicks' departure is unclear, but will probably happen in the next few weeks. Hicks has been thinking about leaving for months, according to news reports citing unnamed sources, but there's no word on what her next move might be.
Hicks was Trump's fourth communication director since taking office. Jason Miller held the job for a short time. Mike Dubke resigned from the post in June of 2017. Sean Spicer held the position until July 2017. Anthony Scaramucci took over then resigned within a few weeks in July of 2017. Hope Hicks lasted the longest resigning now this month.
Hicks was named interim White House communications director on Aug. 16, 2017 after Anthony Scaramucci left the job. She was appointed permanent White House communications director on Sept. 12, 2017, and is the youngest White House communications director in history at 29 years old. She's a graduate of Southern Methodist University and first started working in public relations in New York City, before meeting Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump. When Trump decided to run for president he made Hicks head of communications for the campaign.