Former Trump aide and confidante Hope Hicks takes over FOX communications shop

Larry Hoffman
October 10, 2018

While her role at the White House was mostly behind the scenes, she was one of Mr Trump's most trusted aides and had worked for him at his real estate company before he was elected. Company insiders who spoke with Variety expressed concern that Hicks - who once, according to the New York Times, admitted to House of Representatives investigators that she sometimes told so-called white lies on behalf of President Donald Trump - could prove a divisive presence in the company.

The Trump-Fox News bond continues to tighten. At age 29, Hicks has limited media-business experience, and has never run corporate communications for a publicly traded company before.

Hicks may have legal exposure in the Russian Federation investigations, she has been interviewed by special counsel investigators.

She will be based in Los Angeles.

In July, Disney outbid Comcast Corp with a $71.3 billion offer to buy some assets from Fox. Hicks will report to Viet Dinh, Fox chief legal and policy officer.

The news about Hicks' new gig was signal-boosted by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who tweeted, "Fox won't find anyone smarter or more talented than Hope Hicks". So happy for my friend.

Along with Hicks' new appointment, Fox also stated Monday that Danny O'Brien will join as executive vice president and head of government relations. "They are beyond lucky to have you and the East Coast misses you already".

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