Top White House staffers, including press secretary Sarah Sanders and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, were apparently caught off guard by communications director Hope Hicks’ abrupt resignation Wednesday afternoon.
“There is no one that can fill the void Hope Hicks will leave behind,” Sanders tweeted. “She is in a league of her own and no one can replace her. Far and away one of the most talented and skilled people I’ve ever met and coming to work won’t be the same without her.”
There is no one that can fill the void Hope Hicks will leave behind. She is in a league of her own and no one can replace her. Far and away one of the most talented and skilled people I’ve ever met and coming to work won’t be the same without her.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 1, 2018
Conway’s response was much briefer: “I love you and will miss you, Hope Hicks.”
I love you and will miss you, Hope Hicks.
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) February 28, 2018
Neither statement gave any details on what caused Hicks to resign.
Fox News’ Ed Henry added that staffers were seen crying in the West Wing offices after the Hicks news broke.
“After this story broke late this afternoon Hope Hicks was seen crying as were some other communications staffers here in the West Wing of the White House,” he told Fox host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson. “What that tells us is she has been somebody very popular around here, particularly with the president, but also with top aides and that this was very unexpected.”
CNN reported Wednesday that President Trump did not approve of Hicks’ Tuesday testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.
Hicks reportedly admitted to lawmakers she would tell “white lies” to cover for Trump, over which POTUS allegedly berated her at the White House on Wednesday.