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Hope Hicks spotted boarding Air Force One ahead of Trump rally

Hope Hicks spotted boarding Air Force One ahead of Trump rally
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Former White House communications director Hope HicksHope HicksTrump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus Women set to take key roles in Biden administration MORE was seen boarding Air Force One on Saturday.

A White House pool report stated that Hicks was among those who boarded the plane in Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey to travel with President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE for Saturday evening's campaign rally in Ohio.

It’s unclear why Hicks was on the plane, or if she was meeting with the president.

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Hicks briefly spoke with media traveling with the president off the record after Trump's rally, according to a later pool report.

Hicks, who was one of Trump’s longest-standing and most loyal aides, announced her departure from the administration in February. She said she was exploring other opportunities, according to White House officials.

Hicks faced scrutiny for reportedly saying during her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee that her job occasionally meant she had to tell “white lies,” as well as for her relationship with former White House staff secretary Rob Porter.

Porter resigned after his ex-wives said he was abusive toward them, and a photo of one wife’s bruised face was made public.

Hicks, who was dating Porter at the time, reportedly helped craft the initial public statements supporting the aide.

— This post was updated at 10:48 p.m.