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Hope Hicks, rising GOP star, moves on from her White House role

Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump’s most loyal senior advisors, resigned as the White House communications director Wednesday.

The 29-year-old former model, who has been with the president even before he ran for office, announced that she is leaving the White House to explore new opportunities.

“There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump,” Hicks said in a statement, according to Fox News. “I wish the president and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country.”

“World class person”

Although the resignation came as a surprise to media sources, Trump indicated that Hicks’ departure had been in the works for some time. He also gave her an outstanding recommendation and wished her well.

“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” Trump said in a statement provided by the White House. “She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future.”

The president’s thoughts were shared by first daughter Ivanka Trump.

“Hope Hicks is loved & admired by all who know her,” she tweeted. “It’s with a heavy heart, but tremendous gratitude, that I wish her well in her next steps.”

Hicks took over the communications director post from Anthony Scaramucci, who tweeted his own assessment that she’s a “world class person.”

The White House didn’t release an exact departure date for Hicks but indicated that it would be some time in the next few weeks.

A setup?

The announcement of her decision came just one day after she informed a House Intelligence panel that she occasionally told the press “white lies” on behalf of the president. The panel was investigating Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election.

The timing of her resignation, coming fast on the heels of her testimony, has raised questions among members of the media.

Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo wondered if Hicks had been set up by Democratic members of the panel during her closed-door, nine-hour testimony.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told Bartiromo that Hicks’ testimony and her decision to leave the administration were unrelated.

“What should bother everybody … are the leaks … from that testimony,” she added in reference to Bartiromo’s assessment that Hicks had been “set up.”

Watch the full interview below.

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