White House Communications Director Hope Hicks has been with Trump longer than any aide.
She was the first hire on his Presidential campaign.
And after testifying behind closed doors about the Russia probe, she said the two words no one ever thought they would hear.
The 29 year-old Hicks announced her resignation late in the afternoon on Wednesday.
It took Washington by surprise.
And it came one day after she delivered closed door testimony to the House Intelligence Committee for their Russia investigation.
The Hill reports:
“Hope Hicks on Wednesday resigned from her post as White House communications director.
“There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump,” she said in a statement. “I wish the president and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country.”
The New York Times first reported that Hicks told colleagues she had been considering resigning for months, and made her announcement internally on Wednesday.
President Trump said that Hicks is “a truly great person.”
“Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years,” the president said. “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 took over the job of Communications Director last summer after former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer left the administration.
The media will be sure to try and play this up into a major scandal.
And coming off her testimony about Russia, they will try to invent any angle to present this resignation as a sign the investigation is creeping ever closer to the President.
There is no indication that is true.
The worst that was leaked about her testimony was that she admitted to sometimes telling white lies for the President.
But she adamantly denied lying about anything Russia related.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.