Washington is abuzz with reports that Hope Hicks, the 28-year-old White House Director of Strategic Communications—who, like most of Trump’s hires and appointments, had zero political experience—is Trump’s girlfriend. She has the highest salary of any of Trump’s aides—$179,700—and Trump paid for her apartment during the campaign.
Hicks was a former model who worked in public relations until 2012, when she started helping Ivanka Trump expand her fashion line. She also modeled for Ivanka’s website, which is supposedly how Trump “discovered” her. She joined the Trump organization full-time in 2014
Allegedly, Trump has cute nicknames for her, like “Hopester” and “Hopie.” She’s always with him—their offices are in close proximity to one another—and she speaks very highly of him, almost like she’s in love:
”President Trump has a magnetic personality and exudes positive energy, which is infectious to those around him. He has an unparalleled ability to communicate with people, whether he is speaking to a room of three or an arena of 30,000.
He has built great relationships throughout his life and treats everyone with respect. He is brilliant with a great sense of humor…and an amazing ability to make people feel special and aspire to be more than even they thought possible.”
Cosmopolitan noted that the demand of the Trump campaign caused Hicks and her boyfriend to split, and that Hope still lives in a Trump apartment in New York City—that is, when Hicks isn’t on the road.
There no real, tangible proof that the two are having an affair, of course, but as soon as she was named the director of strategic communications, everybody started to wonder—out loud:
Reporter: "Any news on the First Lady's upcoming move to the @WhiteHouse?"
Hope Hicks: "Nope, I'm ready…I mean, she's ready to move in!" pic.twitter.com/veJrACZRWk
— Donald Trump Toupee (@TrumpeeToupee) June 9, 2017
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