Mercedes Schlapp is possible Hope Hicks replacement: report

Mercedes Schlapp is possible Hope Hicks replacement: report
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Mercedes Schlapp, the White House director of strategic communications, has been floated as a possible replacement for communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksHicks almost left WH months before she announced her resignation: report Kelly tells White House staff no more personnel changes coming Trump told advisers Kelly's job is '100% safe': report MORE.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Schlapp has been discussed internally as a potential successor for Hicks, who resigned Wednesday.

Schlapp is the wife of Matt Schlapp, the president of the American Conservative Union, and a longtime GOP strategist. She was named senior adviser for strategic communications in September, shortly after Hicks was formally promoted to communications director.


If named to the position, Schlapp will become President TrumpDonald John TrumpKoch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp Anti-abortion Dem wins primary fight Lipinski holds slim lead in tough Illinois primary fight MORE's fifth communications director in a little over a year.

The post was first handled by Mike Dubke, who quickly resigned. It was then taken over by Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerChris Wallace: Trump's Russia sanctions 'neither bold nor swift' In this administration, there have been many examples of courageous defiance Fox's Ingraham rejects characterization of White House turnover as chaos: 'That's called smart staffing' MORE, who simultaneously served as White House press secretary. He resigned after Wall Street financier Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciThe Hill's 12:30 Report Scaramucci signs book deal on 'The Blue Collar President': report NYT Opinion Twitter account mocks Trump for high turnover MORE was named communications director.

Scaramucci's time in the position was short — less than two weeks. After he was ousted, Hicks took over the job's responsibilities, before she was formally named communications director in September.