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 Charlotte HicksHouse Dems planning to send Trump associates’ testimony to Mueller: report Trump played key role in coordinating hush money payments to Daniels, McDougal: report Trump: 'I don't call it tweeting. I call it social media' 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 John TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing 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.