After nearly two years after her resignation from the White House, former Trump aide Hope Hicks will be returning to work closely with Jared Kushner.
White House officials told the New York Times on Thursday that Hicks will return as a counselor to the president, but will report to Kushner and work closely with him on projects he oversees, including Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.
“There is no one more devoted to implementing President Trump’s agenda than Hope Hicks,” Kushner said in a statement. “We are excited to have her back on the team.”
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said, “[Hicks] has always impressed me with her quiet confidence, loyalty and expertise and I am beyond thrilled to welcome Hope back to the White House.”
Hicks previously served as Trump’s communications director and resigned Feb. 28, 2018. Before that, she had worked on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign as his press secretary.
She was considered one of Trump’s longest-serving and closest aides.
Trump originally selected Hicks for his campaign after she worked with Ivanka Trump in 2014 on her fashion brand.
Her resignation from the White House came one day after she testified to the House Intelligence Committee that sometimes she told “white lies” on Trump’s behalf.
Since 2019, Hicks has been working as chief communications officer at Fox in Los Angeles.
She has reportedly remained close with former colleagues and campaign staffers, and even considered rejoining the White House in 2018.