White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trumps longest-serving and closest aides, announced that she plans to resign sending a jolt through a West Wing besieged by internal tumult and the intensifying Russian Federation investigation.
Maggie Haberman, the New York Times reporter who broke the news of Hicks' resignation, said Hicks' last day in the White House would most likely be in the coming weeks, adding that she did not say what her next job would be.
The NYT quoted sources who said Ms.Hicks's decision to leave was unrelated to her appearance before the House committee.
Trump also praised her as "outstanding".
"She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person".
Ivanka Trump, who was Hicks' boss at her fashion brand before the ladies started working together at the White House, expressed her "tremendous gratitude".
"If I ever wanted to interview the president, I would go through her", Watters said".
Hicks took over as communications director in September after the hard, 11-day tenure of Anthony Scaramucci, who was sacked.
Hicks initially served as a press secretary within the White House, before taking on the role of communications director following a series of high-profile departures past year.
Before joining the Trump administration, Hicks - who was briefly a teen model during her youth - did public relations work for Ivanka Trump's successful fashion line.
It was not immediately determined who will replace Hicks as White House communications director. She admitted to the committee that she had told "little white lies" on behalf of Trump, but denied having to lie about "substantive issues".
Scaramucci also was irked that Kelly "would allow Hope to date Porter if he's got that information". She entered Trump's team as a communications aide, and gradually became one of Trump's most trusted advisors.
The departure of Hope Hicks is the end of an era in President Trump's inner circle. She has told friends that she has been mulling her future for months.
"Hicks largely floated above day to day conflicts with the press (and more than others, internally) whereas the nature of Spicer's job required day to day conflict", said NY magazine White House correspondent Olivia Nuzzi, who profiled Hicks for GQ Magazine in 2016. The point: Regardless of which one it was, it doesn't portend good things or stability in the White House moving forward.
In the investigations by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees into matters involving Russian Federation and the election that brought Hicks to Washington last January, she is of acute interest: The special counsel interviewed her in December and she recently appeared in front of the Senate Intel Committee.
Hogan Gidley, a special assistant to the president and deputy press secretary, told NY during an interview shortly before Hicks resigned, "I think people are petty, people are insecure, people are jealous of what she has ..."