2020-02-14 01:27:45 UTC
Stephanie Grisham and win back her post as comms director
*Hope Hicks was lobbying President Trump for weeks to come back to the White
House, an insider exclusively told DailyMail.com
*She left her role as White House Comms Director in 2018, after allegations her
boyfriend Staff Secretary Rob Porter had abused two ex-wives
*Hicks landed at Fox Corporation as head of its communications department
*But the 31-year-old has not been happy there and views the move as a 'mistake'
*It was announced on Thursday she'll take a senior adviser position reporting to
Jared Kushner and her official title will be counselor to the president
*But working for Kushner is only temporary and the plan is to unseat current
comms director Stephanie Grisham and ease Hicks back into the job
*Grisham said on Thursday that Hicks is 'one of the most talented and savvy
individuals I have come across,' adding she was 'thrilled' to welcome her back
*The source said: 'Hope is very close with Hogan Gidley (deputy press secretary)
and their ''deal'' is if she comes back as comms director, she'll make him press
Hope Hicks had been lobbying President Trump to bring her back to the White
House after regretting her decision to go to Fox, an insider exclusively told
News broke on Thursday that Hicks was returning to Washington D.C. to take a
senior adviser position reporting to Jared Kushner. Her official title will be
counselor to the president, a title Kellyanne Conway also holds.
But the insider explained that working for Kushner is temporary and the plan is
to ease Hicks back into the administration so she can return to her old job as
White House Communications Director, now held by Stephanie Grisham.
The 31-year-old resigned in early 2018 in the wake of DailyMail.com revealing
allegations of domestic violence against her staff secretary boyfriend Rob
Porter, who ultimately was booted from his job.
It remains to be seen if Porter, who sources say is still very much in the
picture, will also be welcomed back into the White House fold.
After her departure from the White House, Hicks went to LA to head up the
communications department at Fox Corporation, the parent company to Trump's
preferred network, Fox News.
But even with her fat $1 million salary, insiders say she wasn't happy there and
believes taking the position was a 'mistake'.
The source said: 'Hope has been lobbying to come back to the White House for
'Trump's team had originally asked if she wanted to join his re-election
campaign, but Hope was determined to get back to the White House.'
Hope was also frustrated that she didn't have enough sway at Fox to impact its
news coverage about the president, which has taken a less flattering turn in
The source said: 'The President has been p***ed at Fox News and called Hope to
fix it but she's really been powerless to do anything.'
In a statement today, Fox praised Hicks upon her departure, as a spokesperson
said: 'She was a key executive team member at the inception of Fox Corporation
and throughout this important first year. We are proud of the work Hope has done
and wish her well in her future endeavors.'
Now Hicks wants her old job back and 'her goal is to get rid of Grisham and
reprise her role communications director.'
The source explained that Hicks is very close friends with Hogan Gidley, the
deputy press secretary, and the two have a 'deal', in which she has his support
and she'll make him press secretary if she wins her old job back.