On Wednesday, Hope Hicks announced that she would resign from her position as the communications director for the White House. According to reports, Hicks had spoken with colleagues saying that she had been considering quitting for months, but just stated that she was going forward with her decision to leave, saying it was the right time to make a move.
President Donald Trump has referred to Hicks as “a truly great person.”
“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” said Trump according to a report by The Hill. “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,” he added.
Hicks’ resignation comes just one day after she testified to the House Intelligence Committee as part of the Russian election meddling investigation, which also included questioning regarding any contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
During her testimony, she reportedly admitted that she was required to tell “white lies” in her role with the Trump administration. Hicks also refused to answer specific questions that were asked. It is not yet known whether she will be subpoenaed in an attempt to force her to provide the information.
Though Hicks has been associated with the Trump campaign since June 2015, she only stepped into the role of communications director after Anthony Scaramucci was fired in August.
Earlier in the month, Hicks was also drawn into the controversy surrounding Rob Porter, a now-former staff secretary. Porter, whom Hicks was dating, was accused of physical and verbal abuse by his ex-wives.
The accusations brought to light the number of White House aides and staffers who were still working under interim security clearances, as Porter’s security clearance had not yet been made permanent.
The security clearance controversy has even extended to Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, whose interim credentials have been downgraded.
According to CNN, multiple aides who were operating with “top secret/sensitive compartmented information” interim clearances have seen their access levels changed to “secret,” a designation given to less sensitive information than they were previously allowed to access.