Ms Hope Hicks , White House’s fourth Communications Director, indicates interest to resign from U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration next week.
The 29-year-old, seen as one of Trump’s most trusted advisers, reportedly told colleagues that she felt she had accomplished as much as she could during her time with the president, who placed enormous trust in her.
Her resignation came a day after she testified for eight hours before the House Intelligence Committee, telling the panel that in her job, she had occasionally been required to tell white lies.
She, however, said she had never lied about anything connected to the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
Hicks is the fourth communications director to serve in the Trump White House, following Michael Dubke, Sean Spicer and Anthony Scaramucci.
In his statement, the president said: “Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years.
“She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person.
“I will miss having her by my side but when she approached me about pursuing other opportunities, I totally understood. I am sure we will work together again in the future.”
Hicks said that “there are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump.
“I wish the President and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that there was “not a definitive timeline” for her departure, adding her resignation had “nothing at all whatsoever” to do with her testimony at the Capitol Hill.
White House Chief of staff John Kelly said of Hicks: “When I became Chief of Staff, I quickly realised what so many have learned about Hope – she is strategic, poised and wise beyond her years.
“She became a trusted adviser and counsellor and did a tremendous job overseeing the communications for the president’s agenda including the passage of historic tax reform.
“She has served her country with great distinction. To say that she will be missed, is an understatement,” Kelly added.