Hope Hicks may never say: “Alright, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up” a la Gloria Swanson. But there’s no doubt she’s in the Washington limelight.The young Trump aide — as White House communications director — is famously shy and behind-the-scenes.
Now she’s out front in a scandal involving Rob Porter, the president’s staff secretary who quit Wednesday after his two ex-wives accused him of domestic abuse.
Hicks, 29, has been defending Porter — who tabloids contend has been seen “canoodling” with him.
“This cloak of mystery has given rise to a kind of fan fiction on Twitter from those on the left,” said CNN’s Brian Stelter. “They imagine Keri Russell or Allison Williams someday playing Hicks in a movie about how she sabotaged Trump and saved the country.”
On Wednesday, “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff predicted that “Hicks becomes the John Dean of the Trump White House,” an allusion to the Nixon counsel who helped reveal the 1970s Watergate cover-up.
Olivia Nuzzi, who profiled Hicks for GQ magazine in 2016, admires Hicks to a point.
“The reason why she’s endured throughout the hiring and firing and public scandals and private dramas and backstabbing is because she’s smarter than anyone else who’s passed through Trump’s orbit,” Nuzzi told CNN.
Others are wishing her the best.
Hope Hicks has reportedly been in relationships with 3 men this year.
All 3 have been publicly accused of assaulting or sexually assaulting women.
I’m no Hope Hicks fan. But I do wish her safety and vigilance and wiser choice in men.
— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) February 8, 2018
Can you imagine the text messages between #RobPorter and #HopeHicks? Aren't public servant's texts owned by we the people? I bet my right leg they drag Trump ten times harder than #StrzokPageTexts. pic.twitter.com/sTwnXaxm5K
— Bandit Aléatoire (@BanditRandom) February 8, 2018
Will somebody who cares about Hope Hicks please tell her to RUN.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) February 7, 2018
At this rate Hope Hicks is going to run out of guys to date.
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) February 8, 2018
On the plus side, Hope Hicks is slowly emerging as the main character of all these stories.
— Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) February 8, 2018
Hope Hicks is pretty bad at her job, but in her defense, she’s also wildly unqualified for her job.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) February 8, 2018
#BREAKING:.@CNN reports that #WhiteHouse statement DENYING DOMESTIC ABUSE ALLEGATIONS against #RobPorter were crafted by #HopeHicks—HIS CURRENT GIRLFRIEND. Can't make this stuff up folks!!#TheResistance #CNN #MSNBC #FoxNews #BBCNews pic.twitter.com/EtoPwd09S9
— Emoluments Clause (@Emolclause) February 7, 2018
Prediction: Hope Hicks becomes the John Dean of the Trump White House. https://t.co/VXW4IG737t
— Michael Wolff (@MichaelWolffNYC) February 8, 2018
It is the least of the things but Hope Hicks has terrible taste in men.
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) February 9, 2018
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