Hope Hicks wrote the note Trump held reminding him to tell shooting survivors 'I hear you'

  • Hope Hicks wrote the much-derided note President Donald Trump held in a meeting with shooting survivors, according to New York Magazine.
  • The note reminded Trump to tell survivors "I hear you."
  • The "bubbly" handwriting in the note matches Valentine's Day cards Hicks handed out to White House communications staff.

Hope Hicks was the author of President Donald Trump's heavily mocked list of talking points that he held during a meeting with school shooting survivors.

The former White House communications director's handwriting matches "the same bubbly print" from the note card, New York Magazine reported on Sunday.

Trump was slammed after an Associated Press photographer managed to take a photo of the list in late February. The crux of the criticism was the fifth point on the list, which many saw as a crude reminder to express empathy — "I hear you."

Here's a look at the list:
Photo Credit: Reuters

Olivia Nuzzi, who authored the New York Magazine report, provided another example of Hicks' handwriting in the form of Valentine's Day cards that she distributed to the rest of the White House communications staff.

 

"Each cookie package included a note she'd written in silver marker," Nuzzi reported. "'Believe in love,' read one message. Underneath, she'd drawn a small heart."

Valentine's Day 2018 came at a tumultuous time for Hicks.

On February 1, The Daily Mail reported that the communications director, who has been one of the longest-lasting members of the Trump campaign and White House, was dating fellow staffer Rob Porter. Porter resigned after his two ex-wives publicly accused him of physical and emotional abuse the following week.

 

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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 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 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, 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 will announce who will serve in the job permanently "at the appropriate time."

The 28-year-old Hicks is the youngest communications director in history.

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Hicks announced plans to resign from her role in the White House on February 28. According to New York Magazine, Hicks is expected to step down by May 1, though she would prefer to leave her position by April 1.

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