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>> Hope Hicks, the White House Communications Director and long time aide to President Trump, on Wednesday, said she would resign in the coming weeks. Adding to an already chaotic White House staff that has seen continuous turnover. But Hope Hicks leaving? Washington didn't see that coming. Reuters chief White House correspondent, Jeff Mason.
>> It's surprising that she's leaving so early, and it's surprising because she was so integral to Trump's rise. She was at his right hand for the years that he was running for President, and during the very critical first year of his time in office. People expected that Hope would've stuck around longer just because of her closeness to the President, and because of how much he's relied on her.
So in many ways, this is probably a blow to him that she's decided to go.>> The news comes the day after Hicks testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee, for their probe into Russian meddling. While she answered most of lawmakers questions, she refused to discuss her time in the White House.
The New York Times reported that during her testimony, she admitted to sometimes telling quote, white lies for the President. A former model, she's the fourth White House communications director. Hicks took over for Anthony Scaramucci, who followed Sean Spicer and Mike Dubke, in the position. Hicks was comparably a more behind the scenes figure.
But recently, she and Chief of Staff John Kelly had come under criticism with their handling of domestic abuse accusations against White House staff secretary Rob Porter, whom Hicks was also reportedly dating. The president releasing a statement on the news saying quote, I will miss having her by my side, but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood.
I'm sure we will work together again in the future.