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White House senior staff praise Hope Hicks on White House exit

White House senior staff praise Hope Hicks on White House exit
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Various senior staff members at the White House praised outgoing communications director Hope HicksHope HicksUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus MORE on Wednesday after she announced she will depart her post in the coming weeks. 

"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. 

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders paid tribute to Hicks in a tweet, saying no would be able to fill the void she left behind. 

"I love you and will miss you, Hope Hicks," White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayKaren Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' Pence urges 'positive' agenda to counter Biden in first speech since leaving office Kellyanne Conway joins Ohio Senate candidate's campaign MORE said in a tweet.  

"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," first daughter and White House senior adviser Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpMichael Cohen predicts Trump will turn on family after revelation of criminal probe Eric Trump buys .2M home near father's golf club in Florida Melinda Gates tapped divorce lawyers in 2019 after Epstein links to husband: report MORE tweeted.  

Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciInfluential Republicans detail call to reform party, threaten to form new one Anthony Scaramucci joining CNBC as a contributor Biden doubles down on normal at White House MORE also wished Hicks well in a tweet, saying the best for her is yet to come. 

The New York Times first reported that Hicks would be leaving the White House after working alongside the president since 2015.

Officials said she approached the president to tell him she wanted to seek outside opportunities.
 
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"There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE. I wish the president and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country,” Hicks said in a statement. 
 
Trump praised Hicks in a statement on Wednesday, as well.
 
"Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” he said. “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."