The White House has a massive hole to fill as it seeks to replace communications director Hope Hicks, whose departure is seen as a devastating blow to President Trump at a time when his administration is besieged by conflict.Hicks has been by Trump’s side since the start of his campaign, and allies describe her as a steadying force with an unparalleled ability to connect with her boss.
Her departure immediately set off jockeying to replace her, although the president’s allies say that no one will be able to fill her unique role in Trump World.
Trump allies privately acknowledge that it will be difficult to draw top talent from the outside into the high-profile role given the White House’s reputation for chaos and the ongoing special counsel investigation that has required staffers to lawyer up.
“This is a blow to the president, not just because Hope was a trusted and loyal aide, and someone he liked, but she was also very competent and had dramatically improved the White House communications office,” Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, who is friends with the president, told The Hill.
“Finding someone who has the same level of trust with the president, and at the same time can do the job in the office is not an easy.”