Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and one of President Trump’s longest-serving advisers, said Wednesday that she plans to leave the White House in the coming weeks.
Hicks, 29, was named communications director in August following the short-lived tenure of Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired less than a week after taking over the role. In fact, Hicks was Trump’s fifth White House communications director.
The Times reports that Hicks has been considering leaving the White House for months. Her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday—during which Hicks reportedly told the panel that she’s told “white lies” for the president—appears to have been the final straw.
She reportedly testified for eight hours, and in closed door testimony acknowledged she occasionally told white lies on behalf of Trump, but not on substantive issues. Hicks worked as spokeswoman for the Trump Organization before she was tapped to join Trump’s presidential campaign at its start. She later joined the White House as a communications adviser.
Her departure also comes weeks after White House staff secretary Rob Porter, with whom Hicks has been romantically linked, left his post over allegations that he’d physically abused his two ex-wives.