Hicks almost left WH months before she announced her resignation: report
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Former White House communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksJustice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Former White House official won't testify, lawyer says Trump: 'Top shows' on Fox News, cable are 'Fair (or great)' to me MORE nearly left the White House months before she announced her resignation, according to New York magazine.

Hicks reportedly told first daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day Trump hosts pastor who says 'Jews are going to hell' at White House Hanukkah party CEO group pushes Trump, Congress on paid family, medical leave MORE and her husband, White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump hosts pastor who says 'Jews are going to hell' at White House Hanukkah party Mark Levin calls Trump 'first Jewish president' Kushner pens NY Times piece defending Trump order combating anti-Semitism MORE, that she was unhappy in her role in August of last year. 

Trump and Kushner told Hicks she should wait for then-incoming chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE to change the order of the West Wing. 

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Hicks reportedly seriously considered stepping down a second time in December and ended up signing a six-month lease at the cost of inflation for her apartment when her lease came up for renewal. 

She reportedly went over a series of scenarios of her stepping down and how they would play in the press in her notebook. 

Hicks figured if she stepped down immediately, her departure would be the top bad news story for the administration for the winter. 

She also took into account her role into federal and congressional probes into Russian election meddling.

Hicks resigned from the White House last month after being by President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed MORE's side since he launched his presidential campaign. 

"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,” she said in a statement. 

Hicks was one of Trump's most trusted aides and confidantes. 

She had testified before the House Intelligence Committee just one day before and said she sometimes told "white lies" while working for the president.