February 28, 2018
For the journalists covering Donald Trump, there was always Hope Hicks.
From the moment Trump came down that escalator in Trump Tower in June of 2015, Hicks was his right-hand woman, the one constant reporters have always dealt with.

Reporters have always seen Hicks as one of the few people who is actually close to the president and who can telegraph his point of view, or his willingness to participate in an interview. Often it was because she was literally right next to him.
She held immense power, and was able to circumnavigate what would be considered the traditional hierarchies of previous White House communications operations. She was the point person for many of the nation's highest profile reporters and could and would arrange an interview with the president seemingly independent of the rest of the White House press operation.
When now Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey was working at Politico, he and fellow reporter Alex Isenstadt were invited by Hicks to interview Trump in April for a feature on his first 100 days in office. The reporters' presence in the West Wing was unusual not because of the interview, but because of White House Press Secretary's Sean Spicer's well known distaste for Isenstadt.
"Senior staff, including Priebus, Spicer, Bannon, etc. had no idea we were in with Trump," Dawsey wrote on Twitter Wednesday after the news of Hicks' resignation broke. "Priebus and Spicer were particularly unhappy. Hicks didn't seem to care."
During the campaign, reporters would email Hicks seeking comment, and -- in a clear sign of how close she is to Trump -- the comment would come back immediately. Sometimes Hicks would even have Trump available on the line. Sometimes the invitation for an interview came unsolicited.
"She once invited me to talk to Trump after he saw me on Morning Joe. I don't think press staff was even aware," Bloomberg's Josh Green tweeted Wednesday.
Some reporters have told stories about the confrontations they've had with other communications staff, in this White House and previous ones -- heated confrontations with former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, for instance. They don't say the same things about Hicks. Sure, conversations could get testy -- Hicks was always known for her devotion to the president, and could get especially forceful defending him -- but several reporters said they found her useful at times, if a little mysterious.
"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 New York magazine White House correspondent Olivia Nuzzi, who profiled Hicks for GQ Magazine in 2016.
But there was one sure way to get her to clam up: Ask for an interview with her. Hicks was rarely ever quoted in stories, and she has never granted a TV or radio interview about herself or her job.
Hicks advocated behind the scenes for Trump to be accessible to the press, both through interviews and other public appearances. And she privately made the case to journalists that Trump was actually very accessible, even though he avoided some traditions like a pre-Super Bowl interview.
She was the point person for many of Trump's interviews during the campaign. She carried this responsibility to the White House, and initially placed Trump in a wide variety of settings, from ABC's "World News Tonight" to "Fox & Friends" to the cover of The New York Times Magazine.
Presidential interviews became less frequent after a few months. There was a noticeable change in approach after Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel in May. Although Trump has given off-camera interviews to The New York Times, Reuters and other outlets, he has not given a TV interview to any of the major networks other than Fox News since Mueller was appointed.
Fox anchor Jessie Watters said on Wednesday afternoon's "The Five" that he's sad to see Hicks go because "selfishly, she was my point of contact with the president."
"If I ever wanted to interview the president, I would go through her," Watters said." "I'm scrambling now...I'm going to have to find a new friend."
Although a big part of her job was turning down endless press requests, she was sometimes viewed as an advocate for greater access.
"She respects reporters' roles in a way that most people in that building do not," one of Hicks' confidants said.
Her confidant expressed concern that press access will become more limited without her there -- although Trump ultimately calls those shots himself.
White House reporters were skeptical that press relations would so drastically change.
"At the end of the day, Trump is his own communications director, so it seems unlikely that there will be meaningful changes to the overarching White House media strategy to the extent that there is a conscious strategy in place right now," Nuzzi said.
The tweets, Fox interviews and unpredictable bursts of access -- long gaggles, impromptu interviews and off-the-cuff remarks -- will likely continue, Nuzzi said.
"I think the changes that may occur as a result of Hicks's exit have more to do with the president's ability to exist without her in an emotional sense," Nuzzi continued. "She's a familiar presence at his side in a place where he's uncomfortable, and she understands him more viscerally than others in the press shop who haven't known him as long or observed him up close the way she has since the winter of 2015."
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Oscar 2020

See the list of 2020 Oscar Nominations including best picture, best actors and actresses, and more.

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the best films of 2019 and will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Paris Hilton Dances to Britney Spears at Her 39th Birthday Bash | TMZ
February 21, 2020
3hmNgxliewE
David Letterman Says Trump Pigs Out, Bloomberg Eats Like a Bird | TMZ
February 20, 2020
foofGz-vmus
Pop Smoke Murder Appeared to be Target Hit, Not Robbery | TMZ NEWSROOM
February 20, 2020
65-4JPUjv68
New 'Soup' Host Quizzed On Reality TV's Wildest Moments | Page Six Celebrity News
February 20, 2020
DwNod1dBww8
How Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas got married twice | Page Six Celebrity News
February 18, 2020
vDdl34jkF_E
Teresa Guidice Admits To Joe Cheating On Housewives Hangover | Page Six Celebrity News
February 18, 2020
-Ko98-qfy7A
Simone Missick Misses Her 'Luke Cage' Character & Teases Altered Carbon Season 2
February 21, 2020
ur0wLc_Di6M
The Last Time I Cried at the Movies: Sundance Edition
February 20, 2020
DRkDLcGp9ak
Kerry Washington Has a Seat at the Table on 'Little Fires Everywhere'
February 18, 2020
TGFOuD8H7Co
Lili Reinhart Says Luke Perry Visited Her in a Dream | Daily Pop | E! News
February 21, 2020
tpr4t5LpgiI
Kylie Jenner Has "Had Enough of 2020" | Daily Pop | E! News
February 21, 2020
WqkoFyLrSPg
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West "Split the Buffet" With KFC Bucket | Pop Of The Morning | E! News
February 21, 2020
P_V2Uq9HOZg
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
21
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Brescia - Napoli
21
Feb
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Betis - Mallorca
19
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - West Ham United
17
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Manchester United
17
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Torino
16
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Aston Villa - Tottenham Hotspur
16
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Inter Milan
16
Feb
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Madrid - Celta Vigo
16
Feb
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Newcastle United
16
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Cagliari - Napoli
16
Feb
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Brescia
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k tudKp5Vhs3k iwWHibhssSo kQr0XHPbICM 5NeCb7JxaRk u5xQKdNqazE 56CdjlzJqSA kw7uFRs-Az0 xNv0JZWLV7w j_x1lr04a6Q lrYGH-drP8s
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.