What Hope Hicks' Departure Means
Reactions to the resignation of the latest White House communications director
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2018 1:03 AM CST
In this Feb. 9, 2018, photo, White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is shown in the Oval Office.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Hope Hicks is out: She's the fourth White House communications director to resign during President Trump's tenure, and she was also one of the president's closest and most long-standing aides. At the Washington Post, Jennifer Rubin calls the timing of Hicks' departure "curious," given that she refused to answer certain questions during her interview Tuesday with the House Intelligence Committee, and as during that same interview she reportedly admitted to occasionally telling "white lies" for Trump. But Rubin concludes it was likely Hicks herself who wanted to leave, as Trump has "depended on her assistance for years" and almost certainly wouldn't have pushed for her to go; chief of staff John Kelly also had nothing to gain from her departure. It could simply be that "the personal strain of working in this White House simply isn't worth it," Rubin muses. More reactions to her departure:

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