Hope Hicks to return to White House

Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksMeadows joins White House facing reelection challenges Trump aide asked Cabinet agencies to identify anti-Trump appointees: report Trump unleashed: President moves with a free hand post-impeachment MORE is returning to the White House as a counselor to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools 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 KushnerWhite House preparing to promote malaria drugs on online platform to combat coronavirus: report Politics and the pandemic — Republicans are rightly worried In the Saudi-Russian oil price war, the US blinks first 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 GrishamUK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus White House press secretary to return to work after negative virus test Trump signs executive order to prevent price gouging, hoarding of medical supplies 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 SandersFox News's Hume rips Alexander over 'gotcha' question to Trump NBC's Alexander: I gave Trump 'a softball' question as opportunity to 'reassure' Americans Coronavirus puts new use to White House press briefing room MORE Sanders is now a Fox contributor, former communications director Bill Shine came from the network, and former Fox News employee Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly Ann GuilfoyleBrazilian president Bolsonaro tested for coronavirus days after meeting Trump Business as usual for Trump as coronavirus spreads Hope Hicks to return to White House MORE now works with the president’s campaign.

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