President Donald Trump's communication director Hope Hicks reportedly topped a list comprising of the most powerful people in Washington, coming second only to the president himself. Reports state that she even outpaced Vice President Mike Pence on the list, who is a seasoned operator from the Capitol.
Hicks is the Republican president's longest-serving remaining aide in the White House. She is considered as an important gatekeeper to Trump, and assists in screening interviewers and plotting strategy.
Hicks even placed ahead of the president's chief of staff John Kelly despite reports of her alleged romantic involvement with former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who is accused of domestic violence by two of his former wives.
Porter's resignation embroiled the White House in a controversy, raising questions about why Porter was given the key position as an aide in the Trump administration despite not getting a permanent security clearance.
Reports state that the 29-year-old communication director is respected and well-liked in the White House. Hicks now ranks No. 1 on GQ's list of the 50 most powerful people in the city Trump often deems as a "swamp," according to the Daily Mail.
The senior White House aide has also earned a reputation for her glamor and fashion sense, she gained tremendous media attention after she sported a sharp tuxedo outfit for a banquet during President Trump's trip to Japan.
Reports state that Hicks was also involved in drafting a statement in response to reports that the president's eldest son Donald Trump Jr. had a meeting with Russians in Trump Tower in 2016.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is currently investigating a possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in an attempt to influence a Trump win during 2016 presidential elections.
Hicks' comments on a phone call with a former Trump legal spokesperson Mark Corallo made the latter conclude that she may have been urging obstruction of justice when she claimed that certain emails would never appear in public.
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