President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE on Thursday said goodbye to longtime aide Hope HicksHope HicksWhite House orders release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee Grisham calls Kushner 'Rasputin in a slim-fitting suit' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US prepares vaccine booster plan MORE, who is leaving the White House at the end of the week.
Trump and his former communications director walked out of the Oval Office together and waved to reporters waiting for the president to depart for a trip to Ohio and Florida, which will keep him out of town on Hicks’s last official day.
The two then shook hands and posed for photographs before Trump walked toward Marine One.
Twitter users quickly posted photos and videos of the farewell:
President Trump brought Hope Hicks outside of the Oval Office to shake her hand and wave goodbye before departing for Ohio: pic.twitter.com/MSxeQzXiFv— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) March 29, 2018
Saying farewell to Hope Hicks. pic.twitter.com/qQmpuQ4Ewq— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) March 29, 2018
Hicks announced at the end of February she would resign, depriving Trump of a valued and trusted aide who has been at his side since before he launched his presidential campaign.
Her exit came amid a controversy surrounding fired staff secretary Rob Porter. Hicks played a role in crafting the White House’s response to allegations of spousal abuse against Porter, whom she was dating at the time.
Hicks also drew criticism from lawmakers after she declined to answer several questions from the House Intelligence Committee as part of its Russia investigation.
Hicks’s departure, which becomes official on Friday, has set off a fierce internal battle to succeed her between Trump administration aides.
Her replacement as White House communications director will be the fifth person named to the role.