Just a day after testifying before the White House Intelligence Committee, Hope Hicks announced her resignation. She was well-respected by Donald Trump in her position as communications director, so many are wondering why she’s leaving now. But The New York Times notes Hicks told the Committee she was often required to tell “white lies” for the president, which caused much speculation.
Though Hicks is preparing to leave the political spotlight, we can’t help but remember all of her past flings. And some of the men she was involved with were even accused of abuse. Here’s what allegedly took place.
1. Hope Hicks and Rob Porter were caught kissing and cuddling in the back of a taxi
The media swarmed Hicks after photos were released of her and former White House aide Rob Porter in the back of a taxi.
People reports Hicks and Porter joined Ivanka Trump for dinner and drinks in Washington, D.C., where the two kept their distance. Afterward in the taxi back to Hicks’ apartment, however, things heated up. An eyewitness spotted them cuddling and kissing in the back of a taxi. Following this event, many news outlets reported the two were dating, even though Porter is 11 years Hicks’ senior.
Next: Porter was at the center of controversy when his ex-wife accused him of this.
2. Porter’s first ex-wife says he was physically abusive and choked her
Colbie Holderness married Porter in 2003 — and she says physical abuse started shortly after their wedding day. CNN reports the couple were on their honeymoon when Holderness claims Porter kicked her thigh during a heated argument. After that incident, she says there were other times when her husband pushed her onto their bed and choked her.
She said the choking was “very scary and dehumanizing,” and in 2005, she says he punched her in the face for the first (and only) time. And Holderness even has photos to prove the damage.
Next: His second ex-wife has a similar account as his first.
3. Porter’s second ex-wife says he verbally abused her
Holderness wasn’t the only woman to speak out against Porter. CNN reports Jennifer Willoughby, who married Porter in 2009, says he was extremely emotionally abusive to her. During their honeymoon, Willoughby says Porter would call her names, most of which “was instigated around my not having sex with him often enough,” she says.
In 2010, Willoughby says Porter grabbed and dragged her out of the shower to continue to yell at her during a fight. Though he apologized at the time, he later resigned from his position in the White House in 2018 when these allegations came to light.
Next: Here’s what Holderness had to say about Hicks and Porter’s relationship.
4. Holderness doesn’t think Hicks is immune to Porter’s abuse
Kellyanne Conway didn’t dispute the claims made by Porter’s ex-wives — but she did say something unsettling about Hicks, Vice News reports. Conway said she wasn’t concerned about Hicks’ safety with Porter because Hicks has “such excellent instincts and loyalty and smarts.”
In response to what Conway said, Holderness wrote that it “implies that those who have been in abusive relationships are not strong.” She also says she only saw her husband’s abusive side after they were married. This could mean it’s only a matter of time before Hicks experiences this side of Porter.
Next: Porter wasn’t the only man in the White House with abuse accusations.
5. Hicks allegedly had a fling with former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski
According to Michael Wolff’s tell-all book, Fire and Fury, Hicks and former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski were dating while he was married, Daily Mail Online reports. According to the book, Hicks was upset when Lewandowski was dismissed from Trump’s campaign. And in response, Trump told her, “You’ve already done enough for him. You’re the best piece of tail he’ll ever have,” which sent Hicks running from the room.
Next: Here’s what one woman claims Lewandowski did to her.
6. Lewandowski was accused of sexual misconduct by a Trump supporter
Trump fired Lewandowski in June 2016, and he still hasn’t managed to stay out of the spotlight since then. In December 2017, singer Joy Villa filed a sexual assault claim against the former campaign manager after he allegedly hit her backside twice during an event in Washington, the BBC reports. Villa says the hard slaps felt “disgusting and shocking and demeaning.”
This isn’t the first time Lewandowski has found himself in hot water, either. Early in 2016, he allegedly yanked a female reporter out of Trump’s way at an event.
Next: Hicks totally lost her cool once with Lewandowski in the past.
7. Hicks and Lewandowski were also spotted screaming at each other on the street
If Hicks and Lewandowski were once romantically involved, it seems there would have been trouble in paradise judging from this encounter. Page Six reports in May 2016, the two had a screaming match in public. According to the publication, one witness said she could hear Hicks screaming, “I’m done with you!” Another source says it was just a “campaign-related disagreement” about Paul Manafort “taking more responsibility.”
No matter what the spat was about, the screaming and alleged body language (a source says Hicks had her fists clenched while doubled over) sounds intense. Maybe it was about more than just the campaign after all.
Next: A closer look at her unusual relationship with Trump
8. Hicks and Trump had an unusual relationship
Hicks and Trump had an unusual relationship. Some of the details of their interaction was outlined in Michael Wolff’s controversial book Fire and Fury. In the book, Wolff claims Trump treated Hicks like his daughter and Ivanka Trump as if she were his wife, reports GQ. “[Hope] Hicks was in fact thought of as Trump’s real daughter, while Ivanka was thought of as his real wife,” wrote Wolff.
Next: Trump even gave her a pet name.
9. Trump gave her a pet name
According to Politico, Trump gifted Hicks a nickname that stuck — the “Hopester.” She has also been labeled the “Trump Whisperer,” as she was allegedly able to effortlessly navigate the president’s moods (although it is fuzzy why anyone would want that responsibility). Of Trump’s hyperbolic tweets, it was often Hicks typing as the president dictated. Needless to say, her presence in the Oval Office will likely be missed by Trump and his administration.
Next: Her big break and past experience with Trump.
10. Her big break
Before Hicks served on Trump’s staff, she had no political experience. Prior to her role as communications director, the former model was assistant to the president and interim communications director. She also served as press secretary and communications director for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and national press secretary for his transition team. Hicks got her big break after Scaramucci stepped down from the post after just 11 days on the job.
Next: A handsome paycheck, especially for no political experience.
11. Hope Hicks’ salary
What was Hope Hicks’ salary? Hicks was paid well to deal with the president and all the stress that comes with working at the White House — and rightly so, considering the daytime drama that’s playing out at the White House these days.
The young communications director was paid the maximum salary of $179,700. That’s not bad considering she had no prior political experience. And it looks like some of that hard-earned cash has gone toward treating herself to some fabulous Louis Vuitton luggage.
Next: Trump is sure he’ll work with her again.
12. What’s next for Hope Hicks?
Trump mentioned he’s sure he and Hicks will work again in the future. So it’s safe to assume Hicks could work for Trump in some other capacity, possibly for one of his businesses. She is also close to Ivanka Trump, so there could be a future there, as well. Hicks used to work on Ivanka’s apparel and licensing brand prior to joining Trump’s staff. As of this writing, Hicks has yet to say what she will do after she leaves the White House.
Additional reporting by Sheiresa Ngo.
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