Hope Hicks reportedly volunteers to tell Trump bad news because he takes it better from her

  • White House communications director Hope Hicks has reportedly volunteered to tell Donald Trump about negative stories.
  • Hicks' relationship with Trump is being heavily analyzed after the revelation that special counsel Robert Mueller is zeroing in on her as part of his Russia investigation.
  • Hicks is best known for her effectiveness in reading Trump's moods and approaching him with tact.

Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and right-hand woman to President Donald Trump, reportedly volunteers for one of the least coveted tasks incumbent upon his aides — informing Trump about negative stories.

"She always has impeccable timing," Jason Miller, the Trump campaign's former senior communications adviser, told Town & Country Magazine. "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."

A "close family friend" told the magazine that Hicks is good at giving her elders advice, because she's "smooth and direct, you know where she stands, and she’s never confrontational."

Trump himself has previously conceded that Hicks has a way with words and a knack for approaching him tactfully, telling The New York Times in 2016 that he was "lucky to have her."

"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," Trump said. "But it's delivered very nicely."

Hicks' relationship with Trump has been closely scrutinized in recent weeks, after news surfaced that special counsel Robert Mueller has begun focusing on her in the Russia investigation.

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Hicks and her sister, Mary Grace, were successful teen models. Hicks posed for Ralph Lauren and appeared on the cover of "It Girl," a spin-off of the best-selling "Gossip Girl" book and TV series.
Hicks' first brush with the Trumps came in 2012 when she was at the public-relations firm Hiltzik Strategies working on Ivanka Trump's fashion line. Trump's eldest daughter hired Hicks away in 2014 and she became an employee of the Trump Organization.
Hicks met patriarch Trump and quickly "earned his trust," Ivanka Trump told The New York Times for a June 2016 profile on the spokeswoman.
In January 2015, Trump called Hicks into his office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower and told her she was joining his presidential campaign. "I think it’s 'the year of the outsider.' It helps to have people with outsider perspective," Hicks said Trump told her.
Hicks didn't have any political experience, but her public-relations roots run deep. Both grandfathers worked in PR, and her father, Paul, was the NFL's executive vice president for communications and public relations. He was also a town selectman from 1987 to 1991. Greenwich proclaimed April 23, 2016, as Paul B. Hicks III Day.
Hicks started working on what would become Trump's campaign five months before Trump announced his presidency, after he famously rode a golden escalator down to the lobby of his tower on June 16, 2015.
That makes Hicks the campaign staffer who has persisted in Trump's inner circle the longest. She outlasted his first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and several senior advisers.
People close to her describe Hicks as a friendly, loyal fighter. Trump has called her a "natural" and "outstanding."
While reporters who have worked with Hicks say she's polite, they have expressed frustration that she was often unreachable on the campaign trail, not responding to requests for comment, or denying access to the candidate.
She said her mom, Caye, told her to write a book about her experience with Trump, like "Primary Colors," the fictional novel depicting President Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign. "You don't even know," she said she told her mother.
During the campaign, Hicks spent most of her days fielding reporters' requests and questions — even reportedly taking dictation from Trump to post his tweets.
During the campaign, Hicks stayed in a free apartment in a Trump building, though she'd often go home to her parents' house in Connecticut when she could.
These days she's in DC. Trump named her his assistant to the president and director of strategic communications in December.
She still flies below the radar, directing the spotlight back on Trump. The then president-elect called her up to the microphone to speak at a "Thank You" rally in December.
It's been said she can act as a sort of Trump whisperer, understanding his many moods and professionally executing what needs to be done. She still only calls him "Sir" or "Mr. Trump."
"If the acting thing doesn’t work out, I could really see myself in politics," Hicks told Greenwich Magazine when she was 13. "Who knows."
In June, the White House released salary info for 377 top staffers. Hicks gets paid the maximum amount that any of Trump's aides receive: $179,700.
Hicks is making as much as Trump's former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former chief strategist Steve Bannon, former press secretary Sean Spicer, senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, policy adviser Stephen Miller, and communications official Omarosa Manigault.
Some family members and friends have expressed concern that Hicks is so closely tied to a president whose policies and statements are unpopular with a significant number of Americans, but are confident that she'll come through unscathed.
"There is just no way that a camera or an episode or a documentary could capture what has gone on. There is nothing like it," Hicks told Marie Claire in June 2016. "It is the most unbelievable, awe-inspiring thing."
In August, Trump asked Hicks to be the new interim White House director of communications, a job that Michael Dubke, Sean Spicer, and Anthony Scaramucci held and left in Trump's first six months in office.
The White House said it would announce the permanent choice for the position "at the appropriate time." In September, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it would be Hicks.
The 29-year-old Hicks is the youngest White House communications director in history.

Her critics have accused her of enabling Trump's worst instincts, while her supporters argue that she's highly effective at reading the president's moods.

One former Trump campaign official likened Hicks to Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's most trusted aide.

"She does everything from big important conversations to getting a cup of coffee … or whatever it takes to make [Trump] succeed in the moment. She puts his success above her own," the official told Town & Country.

Though Hicks is frequently underestimated, partly due to her youth and lack of prior political experience, observers say she's highly competent and has worked her way into a position of immense power.

"A lot of people who may have underestimated her are now working with her and through her to get what they need from this administration," Michael Feldman, a former Clinton White House official, told the magazine.

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