Hope Hicks, elusive Trump aide, in the spotlight amid Rob Porter scandal
Hicks is the White House communications director and one of President Trump's closest aides. Yet she has never given a TV interview. She is rarely quoted at all. She is the yin to Trump's attention-grabbing yang.
And right now she's in a terrible place for a press-shy person to be: In the middle of not one but two White House scandals.
Hicks, 29, has been dating Rob Porter, the Trump aide who resigned Wednesday after his two ex-wives accused him of domestic abuse.
The White House initially tried to weather the storm. When the Daily Mail called for comment before publishing its story on Tuesday, Hicks helped defend Porter -- sources told CNN that she worked with other aides to craft a supportive statement that was put out in chief of staff John Kelly's name.
The administration continued to defend Porter on Wednesday, even after photos of injuries from the alleged abuse were published by news outlets. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said Porter would not be leaving immediately. Observers wondered whether Hicks' relationship with Porter was a factor.
By the end of the day Wednesday, as the scandal deepened, sources said Porter would be gone as soon as Thursday.
Meanwhile, Hicks is also caught up in Robert Mueller's investigation into obstruction of justice and other matters.
Rob Porter’s History of Domestic Abuse Wasn’t a Secret. It’s Just That No One Cared.
The cops, the FBI, and the White House chief of staff all knew, and he still continued to rise through the ranks of our government’s highest office.
Why Didn’t the White House See Domestic Violence as Disqualifying?
That the president’s staff was unable to recognize the seriousness of the allegations against Rob Porter may reflect how many members of his team have faced similar claims—including Trump himself.
It doesn't surprise me, given who's in the White House, that the White House folks who knew about Porter's domestic abuse accusations didn't consider them a big deal. Or that the people who didn't know were shocked and surprised and couldn't believe it of Porter when they found out. (What, they hadn't seen him running around punching women in the White House? Really? Do they not understand the "domestic" part of "domestic violence"?)
What gets me is that the people who knew apparently didn't care enough about Hope Hicks to warn her about the guy she was dating.
If so, that's pretty horrible.
Then again, Hope Hicks apparently helped to craft some of the official statements in defense of Porter's character, too, which seemed to characterize his ex-wives as nothing but politically-motivated character assassins. Conflict of interest, much, Ms. Hicks?