Hicks almost left WH months before she announced her resignation: report
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Former White House communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksTrump must be removed — for more than reasons offered in impeachment 2019 in Photos: 35 pictures in politics Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe 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 scheduled to attend Davos amid impeachment trial Lawmakers introduce bill to bolster artificial intelligence, quantum computing Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Facebook deepfake ban falls short | House passes bills to win 5G race | Feds sound alarm on cyberthreat from Iran | Ivanka Trump appearance at tech show sparks backlash MORE and her husband, White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate receives impeachment articles as trial opens Kushner: When you work for Trump 'you don't make the waves, he makes the waves' Trump scheduled to attend Davos amid impeachment trial 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 TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president 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.