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Omarosa: Trump hired Hope Hicks because she is pretty

Former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Onee Manigault NewmanTrump administration sought to sue Omarosa after she announced tell-all book: report Juan Williams: Too many men of color got conned by Trump White House aide Ja'Ron Smith leaves post MORE said in an interview that aired on Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE hired former communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration President says Trump Jr. doing 'very well' after COVID-19 diagnosis Donald Trump Jr. tests positive for COVID-19 MORE for her looks. 

"Donald Trump hired her because she's pretty," Manigault Newman told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on Monday. 

"She didn't know what some of the most basic acronyms in politics meant. I said to her once, 'you know, we should look at GOTV operations, and come up with some talkers from it,' and she looked at me because she didn't know what 'get out the vote' meant," she added. 

Manigault Newman also said that Hicks declines to give interviews because she is not politically knowledgeable. 

"She doesn't give interviews because she's private. She doesn't give interviews because she doesn't know what's going on. She understands Trump, and she can schedule an interview ... or write some notes, but that's the extent of her political career," she said. 

Manigault Newman is in the midst of promoting her new book, “Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House.”

She writes in the book that Hicks was "painfully aware of her inadequacies and was afraid to speak publicly." 

"She never did on camera. Hope was terrified to give statements or even entertain the idea of it. She lacked confidence because she knew she wasn’t qualified to talk about policy or the political process," Manigault Newman said. 

Hicks, who was one of Trump's longest-standing aides, announced that she would be leaving the White House in February. 

Members of the administration praised Hicks for her work on the Trump campaign and the administration after she announced her resignation. 

"When I became chief of staff, I quickly realized what so many have learned about Hope — she is strategic, poised and wise beyond her years,” chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE said in a statement. 

"Hope Hicks is loved & admired by all who know her. It’s with a heavy heart, but tremendous gratitude, that I wish her well in her next steps," Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpIvanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds Trump has discussed possible pardons for three eldest children, Kushner: report Comedy duo posts 'Ivanka Trump Not Wanted' posters around NYC MORE tweeted. 

Politico reported earlier this month that members of the administration were pushing for Hicks to join President Trump's reelection campaign.

“I think a lot of people would love to see her involved,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the outlet. “She is incredibly smart, talented, and she gets the president. It would be a win across the board for the president if she was involved in any capacity.”

— Julia Manchester