One of Donald Trump’s most trusted aides is making a comeback.
Hope Hicks, Trump’s close adviser during the 2016 election and eventual White House communications director, has accepted a role that will put her back on Trump’s staff. After resigning from the Trump team in 2018, Hicks will soon return as a counselor to the president, the White House confirms to The New York Times.
Hicks will report to Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and will share the same title as Kellyanne Conway, when she begins her job within the next few weeks. Hicks worked on Trump’s 2016 run and will do the same this year, a senior official told the Times. She’ll also work on projects Kushner oversees — presumably his work in the Middle East and on criminal justice reform.
Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia repeatedly mentioned Hicks. She had given several hours of testimony to the House Intelligence Committee in March 2018, and resigned from the White House the next day. She testified for the House Judiciary Committee again in summer 2019. Hicks had been working as Fox’s chief communications officer since late 2018.
Hicks is known to be especially close to Trump, who reportedly refers to her as “Hopey.”
Let’s be honest, Hicks is a very pretty woman, and seems to be Donald Trump’s “type.” In fact, many often remark that she looks like a young Melania Trump.
Twitter quickly reacted:
BREAKING: Hope Hicks is returning to the WH.
Beware Melania Trump!
— Ms. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) February 13, 2020 
— Cory Booger 🌊 (@BoogerCory) February 13, 2020 
Wasn't Hope Hicks the 'aide' the FLOTUS was jealous of? Trump killing 2 birds with 1 'Stone' here? Keeping Hicks from talking and Melania jealous? Pardon the puns…
— Pam (@YepIsaidThat1) February 13, 2020 
Hope Hicks is Donald Trump's side piece. She has no experience nor training to be in the roles she is giving so my best bet is Trump misses his side piece & wanted her back since he is most likely finding Melania too old.
— JoJo (@DomajorReminor) February 13, 2020 
Hope Hicks is rejoining White House staff as a personal aide to trump? What, they couldn’t find anyone else to iron trump’s pants while he’s wearing them?! I guess neither Melania nor Ivanka will do it. What a complete and utter joke these people are making of our government.
— Kenny BooYah! (@KwikWarren) February 13, 2020 
He definitely needs Hope Hicks' help with his makeup. Melania obviously quit helping him with it. pic.twitter.com/GjKXYopfbh 
— Sharon (@SharonB94592344) February 13, 2020 
Other people suggested that Hope Hicks might be returning to cover for Trump’s suspected dementia:
Hope Hicks is returning to the WH bc Trump has become unmanageable due to his worsening dementia. It’s a desperation move- Hicks may be the only person he’ll listen to. He has already crashed & burned. She can’t fix the unfolding disaster. She can’t create a “dead cat bounce.”
— Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) February 13, 2020 
Was just told by one of my contacts that the actual reason why Hope Hicks is being brought back to the WH is due to Trump’s declining mental state.
— Andrew C Laufer, Esq (@lauferlaw) February 13, 2020 
Apparently Hope Hicks is returning to the White House as trump “designated Dementia Whisperer” with a side gig as pant steamer
And we are paying her ridiculous salary and benefits
— Mayday Mindy 🌊 (@maydaymindy9) February 13, 2020 
Hello reporters: Hope Hicks isn’t returning for familia reasons; returns because Trump is in real trouble. His dementia is accelerating. He now needs help maintaining his appearance and hygiene. He still remembers her and trusts her completely. In retrospect, same job in ‘16.
— Safiyah Noor (@SafiyahNoor1) February 13, 2020 
The family brought back Hope Hicks the way a family brings back the nurses aid dad bonded with before his dementia worsened. This is reminiscence therapy.
— Canis Pundit (@CanisPundit) February 13, 2020