According to an excerpt from an article in this month’s Town and Country magazine, the Trump campaign’s former senior communications adviser Jason Miller says that the woman currently holding the job — Hope Hicks — is the only one who can break bad news to the man in charge of the White House.
That does not bode well for anyone else in his inner circle, but it puts an amazing amount of pressure on Ms. Hicks, who by all accounts is currently dating Rob Porter — the top adviser who just resigned over reports that he physically abused two of his exes.
Hicks is something of a Girl Friday to Donald Trump, and according to Miller “volunteers” for the task of burdening the president with bad tidings:
She always has impeccable timing. When a bad story would come up, she would volunteer, saying, ‘I’ll just go and tell him; I got it.’ We all had to do it, she was just better at it.”
Even Trump himself has praised Hicks for her skill in turning a phrase. He thinks Ms. Hicks has a way with words because apparently, she is able to appeal to his narcissism by making guidance she doles out sound like it’s his idea:
She will often give advice, and she’ll do it in a very low-key manner, so it doesn’t necessarily come off in the form of advice. But it’s delivered very nicely.”
Of course, becoming the “right hand” of a powerful man carries its own risks. Robert Mueller’s probe has reportedly recently turned toward Ms. Hicks over her involvement in the infamous “secret meeting” at Trump Tower between Trump’s son, son-in-law, advisers, and a Kremlin lawyer. Hicks was not in attendance at the meeting, but her comments aboard Air Force One after the fact regarding the conversation between Trump and his son as to how they would handle the press coverage of the meeting made the news in recent weeks. She was reported to have told the president that Donald Jr.’s emails would never see the light of day, prompting many to wonder what was in the emails, that they would need to be hidden in such a way.
That, of course, would lead to an obstruction charge for Hope Hicks, should it prove she helped cover up anything incriminating in the course of events at Trump Tower.
I wonder how she might break that news.
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