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 HicksTrump must be removed — for more than reasons offered in impeachment 2019 in Photos: 35 pictures in politics Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe 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 TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign 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.