Trump seen saying goodbye to Hope Hicks as she leaves her White House role

President Donald Trump was seen saying goodbye to Hope Hicks outside the Oval Office on Thursday as she left her role as White House communications director.

The U.S. president is scheduled to discuss infrastructure in Ohio this afternoon, but made a point of publically shaking hands with Hicks on what is her last day in the White House before boarding Marine One.

Following Jason Miller, Mike Dubke and Anthony Scaramucci, Hicks was the fourth official to serve as communications director for the Trump administration and has been a key figure in Trump's inner circle since campaign days of the 2016 election. It was announced on Feb. 28 that she would be leaving her post at the end of March, paving the way for yet another White House staff shakeup.

"There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to President Trump," Hicks said via statement when news broke of her departure. "I wish the President and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country."

As speculation grows that Kellyanne Conway might step into the trusted communications role, Trump may be slow to replace Hicks — who reportedly had a very close relationship and trusted dynamic with the president.

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