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In early October, shortly thereafter, the newly founded media company Fox
announced her appointment as Chief Communications Officer, Hope Hicks
flew to Los Angeles and settled in the Century City InterContinental
to meet with her new colleagues, the Hollywood trade press. While you
Flickering for Donald Trump for years, Hicks had earned a reputation among the artists
political reporter as a fair broker. Your stoic disposition can
I refuted her boss an assassin level, but it was her
Nevertheless polite and competent in an environment defined differently by chaos
and turbulence. Perhaps more important, she had juice.

Over the years, Hicks had become a ubiquitous Trump appendage
Substitute daughter, de facto whisperer and translator. She was one
Zelig-like figure in the Telenovela of the White House – a witness in the
Mueller Probe, a young woman who admitted to Congress that she had told
"White Lies" on behalf of her boss. She was supposed to party to one
Campaign relationship, a wing beat of the west wing, cabinet tribes and
was undoubtedly one of the most influential voices in the world
the ear of the president. She touched everything, but had nothing on fingerprints.
Everyone and nobody knew her. E-mails and phone calls usually started
with "Off the record". She was the elusive person who dealt with the
Situation. And she was familiar with almost every situation.

Most of all, Hicks was a mystery. Not yet 30 years old,
she was a freshman or a calculating and ambitious nerd who was evolving
Trump's defending by trumping
Behavior – someone who had voluntarily stood by him during Billy Bush
Band, the Muslim ban and "lock up"? Was she attracted to power,
or just pretty adept at dealing with the most powerful person in the world
Space – in interpreting his moods for everyone else who is confused by it
Behavior? Was she in this role because she was obvious in the light of her obvious beauty
appeared perfectly "poured", in the usage of her boss? (According to
to Michael Wolffs Fire and anger, Trump described Hicks as "the best
Piece of tail "that his former advisor Corey Lewandowski, the partner in
this alleged election campaign with Hicks "ever".) Or it was
all sexist shit, and she was just the only competent person in this one
Viper's Cave of a West Wing?

It seemed everyone had a take, but nobody knew. Hicks was it
practically unrecognizable. She kept her boss's hours and woke up at four o'clock
In the morning to answer e-mail and train. She could only run
inside on a treadmill because she had to have her two cell phones
in front of her (Most of her workouts according to a person who is familiar with
The routine was to walk for three minutes as fast as possible
at a time before the next call came in.) She arrived at the White House
at 7:30 pm for a meeting with the chief of staff and then spent
practically the whole day within reach of the president. She refused
participate in interviews and reject offers
legendary photographers.

Few Hollywood reporters knew what to expect when Hicks arrived
Los Angeles. Of course, many had opinions. "All bets were already
against them because there was an innate disrespect and aversion to them
Work she did for Trump, "a Hollywood media chief told me:
Referring to Hicks' role in making the notorious president
Answers to the meeting of Donald Trump Jr. with a Russian lawyer in 2016
and his prior knowledge of the stormy Daniels payout, among others.
"She is the person who lied for him and worked for him and seemed to be
I have no problem with it and could sleep at night. "

But given that the newsrooms are really like high school cafeterias,
Many had called colleagues in Washington and New York for useful gossip.
A handful of reporters who met Hicks for coffee told me they were
instructed to anticipate someone friendly and diligent. In these
In conversation, Hicks realized that the job meant a fresh start for her.
She also told reporters that they should not accept it
Her beliefs were based on comments from her previous "client" – a
Reference to Trump.

After these talks, according to many people who met
She seemed to Hicks sweet, but somehow sincere. She was different too
every publicist they've ever met. Beauty is defined by Hollywood in Hollywood
a kind of effortless, invisible cooling, which is possible only by a lot
Effort and a lot of money. Hicks, a former model of Ralph Lauren and
a student of Trump aesthetics, often arrived with black sunglasses,
Puffed auburn hair and a full make-up face. "It was four o'clock in the afternoon.
when I met them and it was like an alien landed in the middle of Los
Angeles, "a reporter told me. "That's not the atmosphere of L.A.
does not play out here. "

A few weeks after her work, Hicks found herself in some hot water.
Several reporters had gotten a tip that long-time Fox boss Gary
Newman was released from his duties after a tense contract
Negotiations. Newman had requested a shorter-term agreement, which should be extended
only by selling the 21st Century Fox to the Murdoch family to Disney – a
A mega-merger of over $ 70 billion, whose remaining unsold assets like Fox
News and Fox Sports would be the new Fox entity for the Hicks
worked. But Fox wanted Newman to sign a longer deal. Several
Reporters asked Hicks about Newman, and she insisted that the rumors persist
they were untrue and she would let them know if anything changed.
However, things were moving faster than she expected, and on October 19 Fox
distributed a press release stating that Newman was not there and Charlie
Collier, an AMC manager, would be in charge of entertainment for Fox
Radio Division.

Hicks might have found an excuse for that in Washington
Reporter – the situation was fluid, her director had changed his mind,
and so on. But in the world of entertainment coverage – where
Journalists change more rarely, develop their own soft power and
Working on a timeless exchange system – some felt like Hicks had done it
committed a legitimate foul. "The relationship between journalists and publicists in
In this city, everything revolves around the trust in the exchange of information. "
Reporter explains. "I'll focus on a story about A-B-C in the short term
in exchange for X-Y-Z across the board. It's about long-term profit,
and I do not think she got that. "

Other reporters moved on. It was a pretty minor topic, they told me.
that was probably out of proportion because most people did not
wants to like them The media chief made it clear: "They do not lie.
Not here. You will leave the city. "

In some ways, Hicks has always been better for Hollywood than for
Washington. Grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, her parents
met on his work as an assistant on Capitol Hill. Her father finally left
flicker for a tobacco company and later for the National Football
League. (Her grandfather led the P.R. for Texaco in the 1970s
Oil crisis.) In sixth grade, at the suggestion of a neighbor, Hicks and her
Sister Mary Grace spoke up for a Ralph Lauren campaign and was there
booked. She posed for Bruce Weber in a campaign for naturalizer shoes
and appeared in a series of role model and a Nickelodeon program
over golf. She spoke to Alec Baldwin for a role in a movie.
At 13, she posed for a cover story in Greenwich Magazine, to explain
"If the show does not work, I could really see myself
in politics."

At this time she turned a audition for a children's edition of the
Hit show The weakest link (On the tape she performed an improvised rap,
and offered her best James Bond imitation.) The band impressed
Executives enough that the studio she and her mother to L.A.
for a final audition. They spent the days before the meeting
very "L.A." – when visiting the store Julia Roberts was thrown out of the house
in the Pretty Woman, and shopping on Rodeo. Once she arrived at
Audition, however, started reality. She figured quickly: there was
Eight podiums on the set and 10 children in the room. "You still have to
Audition, "her mother told her, explaining that not everyone is in the studio
would be selected for the show.

Hicks, now known for her Sangfroid, panicked; She has blown the performance.
It became something of a Hicks household joke. In front
any job interview or tryouts for sports teams or auditions, her mother
she would playfully remember, notThe weakest link"When the time came.
Hicks never wanted to feel that way again; she gave her a trump-like
drive to win whenever she was reminded.

At Greenwich High School she wrote in swimming and like her dad
and sister before her, went on to become captain of the lacrosse team,
what led to a state championship. To celebrate her graduation, she
Family has in their yearbook a whole page with family photos and
Modelings of her and Mary Grace collages together and the lyrics to it
the Lovin 'Spoonfuls "Do you believe in the magic" typed in little black
Letters. "Hope Charlotte Hicks," says above. "To the girl
with magic in her heart. "

"She came about that way elegant from an exit how could anyone get
says a Hicks confidant.

Hicks studied English literature and founded the Lacrosse team
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, however, stumbled into an environment
Way that would lead her to the White House when she joined her father
near a hatchback for the Super Bowl XLV in February 2011
Arlington There she met Matthew Hiltzik, a New York public relations work
Executive who had worked with Hillary Clinton and Harvey Weinstein
Among others Miramax and his company Alec Baldwin represented at that time.
Hiltzik Strategies also ran Ivanka's burgeoning apparel brand.
Hiltzik finally hired Hicks, who was later invited to work
the Ivanka account. The two quickly developed a relationship and Hicks was discontinued
at the Trump organization for public relations.

When Donald Trump announced that he would stand for the president, Hicks was there
26 and commuted to Manhattan from an apartment she had rented with her
Sister in Greenwich. During the campaign, she spent almost a year and a year
half live between Trump Force One as the candidate on his
Private jet and a Trump condo. From the moment she woke up,
at four o'clock in the morning, until she went to bed,
which might be after midnight, her phone vibrated on incoming calls
and emails from reporters, and she has answered almost everyone
she – because she was the communications staff. After the election, she
The rise to the Trump administration was a certainty. "She is one of the
People who were most sincere and honest with the President, whose
Council, which he appreciated enormously, "said Ivanka Trump to me. "It's because
She does not comment on topics she has not studied. Each of the roles is her
For the last ten years, people have tried to argue that they are doing it
had no qualifications for this or that. But she did it anyway
because she knew her intelligence, her trust, her work ethic and her skills
Conviction and ability to jump. You could literally assign them
everything and she would be successful. "

Sure, it was unusual that Hicks had no political experience, but neither
did the President and many of his top helpers, including his daughter and
Son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Reporters seemed to like her and finally
grew up to respect them. They also knew that she had an umbilical connection
to her client She not only sat directly in front of the president
Office, but she also had contact with him constantly during the few
Hours they were separated. Often she phoned with Trump as
She hurried through the White House early in the security area
Morning. According to someone familiar with the situation, Hicks would do so
Ask the agents of the Secret Service if they could walk through the metal
Detectors with their mobile phone. They did not care who on the
Line; She would have to follow the protocol. "Wait," she told him
President, after this person. "I'll take you through the
Conveyor belt. "Then she would speak again immediately when she entered
the building where she would see him a few minutes later.

Over time, however, the schedule and the review, the mix of increased
professional responsibility and lack of control over her personal life,
started to weigh heavily on Hicks. As close as she and Trump had become, he
could blow up her day with a tweet before dawn. Hicks is also opposite
Prospect of legal bills from the various federal investigations
in the campaign. Her whole life took place within a short radius
around the White House. Hicks wondered if he wanted to leave, and she worked her way
the rollout of their departure. For a while, Ivanka and Kushner have convinced
her to keep it up. After the people who are familiar with their thinking, she says
also did not want to give the impression that a particular news event
had accelerated her exit. But her departure was unfolded shortly after departure
Paparazzi discovered she was with the White House secretary, Rob
Porter.

At the end of January 2018, Hicks and Porter joined other whites
Home communications team, including Hogan Gidley and Josh Raffel, who
had become Hicks closest friend, who from their time together
Hiltzik in Gidley's apartment. After a group dinner in pink
Mexicano, a photographer with a long lens, has caught Hicks and Porter
Kiss in the back seat of a taxi on the way home. EXCLUSIVE:
WHITE HOUSE ROMANCE! read this Daily mail Headline on the first day of
February. The action quickly became darker after the publication of the tabloid press
Interviews with Porter's two ex-wives who claimed he had
She physically and verbally abused her. (At that time, Porter called many
the allegations "slanderous and simply wrong".)

"It makes me happy when you come to my apartment with a group and
There are pictures of you below, if you go in a taxi, and there
are pictures of you when you are in this taxi. It's so scary
and invasive, when the paparazzi are strategically hidden with a telephoto object
Taking a zoom lens from a distance – that's exactly what they did with Hope
every day, "Gidley said. "She decided to do her part
be behind the scenes and not be an outside speaker …
because she wanted a degree of anonymity. Straight on a human level
Wanted to work hard and live her life without taking a picture
on every street corner. "End of this month The New York Times
broke the news that Hicks was leaving.

Hicks cried as she communicated her decision to the communications team.
Gidley, himself emotional, tore himself up. "I am ashamed to admit that it was me
selfish annoyed and angry for the administration because she was so
unbelievably good at her job, "Gidley said, remembering Hicks laughing
through tears when he told her that he does not like change. "I should have been
She comforted her, but she came over and hugged me. "Trump did not break out
when she told him the news; he had expected her to move on someday.
He gave her an unusually friendly public deportation. "I look at
It's an ability to leave the White House with an elegant exit, "a person
Who advised Hicks professionally, told me. "And she came about that way
elegant from an exit that anyone could get. "On her last day
She gave notes to each employee in her irregular, girlish handwriting.

After her departure Hicks moved to Greenwich to recover with her
Family. For a while, things were in the Hicks house as they tensed
Parents worried about their punishment hours, their physical safety and their rise
negative headlines. At first it was not easy, from the
fast twitch, Trump Staffer lifestyle. "You are used to your phone
every 10 seconds, "a former White House colleague told me:
explain the phenomenon, "and you start taking your phone off the net
Your bag to retrieve your emails, and you say, Oh, I did not do it
get an email. And then you check 10 seconds later and say again:
Oh, I have not received an email. "She took time for old friends and ran outside
without fear of having both phones in front of him, it took a weekend
Excursions outside the city.

Hicks has not completely resolved. She watched the news and kept in touch
with Trump, Ivanka and the White House Communications Team
Stories and news. She accompanied the employees on a journey aboard the Air
Force One in the center of Ohio, which leads to rumors that she might be able to invade the US again
White House. She was even sworn as a contender for the mainland
Position of Chief of Staff in the midst of the John Kelly drama.

Speculation was fueled in part because the private sector had not been
friendly to Trump alums. Reince Priebus had returned to his former law firm;
Sean Spicer had barely understood himself as a Fox News commentator. Rex
Tillerson and Gary Cohn had to work out their new courses. Raffel would do it
land on the legs of controversial e-cigarette maker Juul and
Dina Powell played a bigger role at Goldman Sachs than that
one that left her before she entered the administration. Hicks asked for help
Advice from Ivanka and Kushner, Powell, Cohn and Hiltzik, all
encouraged her to meet. And she did – sometimes one
Breakfast, another for lunch and then for drinks after work or for
Dinner. There were opportunities and opportunities for private equity companies
represent wealthy financial people. She has taken up the proposal constantly
that she goes on TV. She was attractive and articulate and nobody
The administration knew better, the proposals went. But it's Hicks
conflict-resistant by nature and the idea of ​​knocking it out in the cable news
Sure, she had opinions and a story to tell, but
Now was not the time to use her voice. She thought
Remember her thoughts on paper, maybe a book. Has nothing
was still formalized.

A counselor told me that Hicks was initially anxious that she had done it
had been tarnished by the brand Trump. But Hicks also recognized her
The ability to work with Trump made them a close but lucrative,
Market. "She was very aware to find out what was right"
Ivanka told me.

Months after her departure, she ate with a high-profile host of a
popular Fox News program that had become a friend. He, like many others,
suggested to take a job on TV. When she stopped, he said to her
should meet some people on the network anyway. They went over to the
Fox headquarters on Sixth Avenue, where she met with a few people
After a few weeks, he said, Lachlan
Murdoch was looking for someone to communicate for New Fox, the
Company he launched when the assets were spun off in Disney
Sale. The two had lunch at Sixth Avenue headquarters.

A person familiar with the hiring process told me she called White
House reporters inquired how she wanted to work with and
if she was strategic. "She had to overcome her with me
Relationship with Trump, which was a direct descent and not an uptrend
Person explains. "I wondered if all who worked for him were unable to
Her mind, but all the reporters I called were from newspapers
pretty tough on the administration, everyone said she was smart, responsive,
and had integrity. "

At about the same time, Trump had a scheduled conversation with Rupert Murdoch.
and he mentioned that Hicks interviewed for the job and of course
she recommended Hicks flew to LA for a final round of meetings
Interviews. As she had auditioned for almost two decades, she
Mother participated for fun and did not joke with herThe weakest link"It.
At the end of the journey, New Fox offered her the job of communication
Director. She thought about it for a few days before agreeing.

In a way, New Fox was a simple, familiar choice. It was led by one
a wealthy, occasionally dysfunctional family and traded in a known form
from phonetic conservativism. "It's a bit trump-lite"
Person near her told me. "You can still be a little drunk
Kool-aid. "

It also seemed strangely manageable given their experience. Hicks & # 39; boss
Talent is the barely visible hand of a human being. Lachlan Murdoch, who
if it were her new employer, it is not Donald Trump, and New Fox is not the one
Trump organization or the White House.

But in other ways it would be a challenge. In white
House, technically she answered the American public, but her job in
The West Wing always served to serve its audience. To run
Communication for a public company in which you answer the shareholders
and are constantly being held accountable by the Securities and Exchange
Commission and no-fuck-to-give veteran reporter is one
Elasticity-free zone. White lies may be flammable offenses.

But the job offered an undeniable advantage. It was in a place where
Long-lens photographers would stake out other, much more famous teenagers
Women, outside the mental mindlock of the Acela Corridor. Hicks was
reluctant to move so far from her family. But her relationship with
Porter had ended months before; She had no long-term lease
Flat. She decided to follow her new client. "I do not think that you
was looking for one way or the other to move or not, "
close friend explains. "But it was an opportunity. It was fresh
to start. "She joked with friends that her parents got one from her
healthy relationship, so she decided to go to L.A.

The sun still had not completely broken through the late autumn darkness when a
a woman in a neon sports bra and black lululemons cranked
an old Chris Brown remix and a set of multicolored
Resistance bands suspended from the ceiling. The boutique fitness
Studio, heated to over 90 degrees, was filled with half a dozen
young women who were there to hop over the springy, broad boards
Wooden floor, pull down these bands with their smooth, bipartite arms and
Lift the ankles with 1.5 pound weights about a million times
in a row while the remixes blew up. Every morning Gwyneth
Paltrow or Jennifer Lopez or Tracee Ellis Ross might have been there.

However, there were none this morning celebrity Celebrities. There was one
Woman in the back row, but in a moisture-transporting turtleneck of the Navy
a headband, as if she were dressed in Deerfield for a brisk winter run.
To be fair, it is unlikely that anyone would have expected Hicks
in a dance cardio class for Hollywood starlets at six o'clock in the
Morning. That's the beauty of Hollywood for Hicks. Nobody
when she went to dinner in Spago at the end of the year,
because Oprah was at a table behind her. (Her mother asked her to leave
to the mega star. "Tell her you're going to run her 2020 campaign!"
Hicks did not tease, but she did not take a great picture of her
her cell phone.) No one paid any attention to her when she visited a Drake
Concert or spent an afternoon at Universal Studios. When she left
The Beverly Hills Hotel's Polo Lounge serves coffee in November
Tomorrow – in the plaids of her youth in Greenwich – nobody in the
Place she looked. Hicks did not check her phone during the entire time
the class that ended just before noon on the east coast. There was none
Fear of a missed call or a tweet, a new hell.

Hicks still wakes up at four in the morning, but out of habit
Need. She did not even turn on the TV in her apartment,
according to a person who is familiar with their new routine and has spoken out against it
install one in her office. She reads the printed paper in a leisurely way
the morning and listen to audiobooks at home and on their way to
Job. As soon as she arrives at the office at nine o'clock in the morning, she is like her
former boss, makes notes on paper copies of stories and sends them,
Post, to her family or to people in the administration who could do this
Get ideas for speeches or political positions. She says to her assistant
Keep the first hour of your day free, your own leadership time.

On most days she is home at six in the afternoon and is content to keep to herself.
At least for now. She never mixed much with the Washington set or
Reporters in a social way when she was in the campaign or in the whites
House, and so far her life in Los Angeles seems to be very similar.
"She's focused on building a good life, and she's at work."
A longtime friend told me. "Hope is not someone who needs a lot
Known and 10 friends. She appreciates quality over quantity and
She invests in people with whom she is very close. "She is still writing
with Ivanka and Gidley and sees Raffel visiting Los Angeles. The
President also calls her.

There are many questions about what will happen to New Fox
compete in a universe against much larger media competitors than consumers
Disconnect the cable and switch to streaming services. Fox News yet
throws down more than a billion in profits, but the audience is good
beyond the retirement age and the other key characteristics of the company (
Sports Networks and Fox Business) may not provide bulletproof coverage
against the digital future. Media observers are wondering if Rupert
Murdoch, who has traditionally led with his belly, was wrong in entrusting
so much responsibility towards a 30-year-old with no experience in public
Business and big Trump luggage – not to mention the potential
legal complications could put them in the line. Meanwhile, Hicks has
done little to give clues to political junkies. Was she one
Co-conspirators in Trumpworld or someone who goes on the journey? ON
cunning political operator or an indifferent player with high set
Social skills in Greenwich style? Younger than the vast majority of her
former colleagues, she will forever be remembered for something she has done
in her 20s? The Murdochs, for their part, told the people that they were
Impressed by their previous work, those who spoke with them
You about hicks.

Perhaps the best indication that Hicks is indeed highly qualified
She has her own P.R. in this kind of work.
a campaign and the White House, where almost every person became history
At some point, Hicks was largely out of sight. She would be lucky
To get that quality in her new life, she starts the rest
fresh. In fact, where better to test this than in LA – a city that is based
reinvent on? "Here come people to rewrite themselves"
the Hollywood boss told me. "If at the end of the year, if she
It takes so long and she's at a party, I can not see any people
attracted to her. She has a great job. People do not stay in
Hollywood prison forever, not when you are so pretty. "

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