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Hope Hicks to return to White House

Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksDocuments show Trump campaign ignored coronavirus guidelines at Duluth rally: report Trump aide won't get into whether Trump has done debate prep Trump seeks to change race with final debate MORE is returning to the White House as a counselor to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE and senior adviser.

Trump's former communications director will work as a senior adviser for Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerDemocrats accuse Kushner of 'casual racism' over comments about Black Americans Scaramucci says Trump has united country: 'It just happens to be against him' Obama slams Kushner comments on Black Americans: 'What history books do they read?' MORE's office, the White House confirmed Thursday. 

Hicks is likely to return to the White House sometime in early March, White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamMelania Trump cancels campaign appearance over 'lingering cough' The Memo: Trump grapples with credibility gap in crisis President Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 MORE said, though she noted that “details are still being determined.” 

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One of the president’s longest-serving aides, Hicks stepped down from her position in February 2018. She has since been working as an executive vice president and chief communications officer at Fox, which operates properties like Fox News and Fox Sports. 

Hicks was one of the president’s closest advisers dating back to the launch of his campaign in 2015 and worked in the press office at the White House, including as communications director. 

Hicks has a strong relationship with the president and a number of other administration officials, though much has changed since she last worked in the West Wing.

Since her departure, former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE has concluded his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Democrats won control of the House and impeached the president and Trump was acquitted in the Senate. Trump has cycled through another chief of staff and a few more Cabinet secretaries as well.

Allies of the White House cheered the development. 

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“Hope is not only someone with a deep understanding of President Trump, she is immensely loyal to him and his agenda,” said Andy Surabian, a GOP strategist and former White House official who worked with Hicks. 

“Above all else, she is an extremely talented operative who I am sure will serve the president and the American people well in her new role. The White House is lucky to get her back,” Surabian said.

The former model and public relations professional was involved in a handful of controversial incidents during her first stint working for Trump.

She reportedly helped organize the initial response to domestic abuse allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned even as then-chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and others defended his character. Hicks was dating Porter at the time.

Hicks was at the center of controversy last summer when she was called to testify before Congress as part of a House Judiciary Committee probe stemming from Mueller’s investigation. 

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Hicks, who appeared behind closed doors, refused to answer dozens of questions on instructions from the White House that she was immune from compelled congressional testimony about her tenure as a former senior aide to the president.

She is the latest Trump official to cycle between the administration and Fox. While Hicks did not work for Fox News, a number of former staffers have transitioned between the two.

Former press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersSarah Sanders on Trump's reported war dead criticism: 'Those comments didn't happen' Sarah Sanders memoir reportedly says Trump joked she should hook up with Kim Jong Un McEnany stamps her brand on White House press operation MORE Sanders is now a Fox contributor, former communications director Bill Shine came from the network, and former Fox News employee Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly Ann GuilfoyleTrump's test sparks fears of spread: Here's who he met in last week Kid Rock opens Trump rally by saying 'fake media' will say it didn't happen Kid Rock to headline Trump rally in Michigan MORE now works with the president’s campaign.

— This report was updated at 11:28 a.m.