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Analyst: Hope Hicks' Departure Continues White House Drama As Trump Gets Lonelier

March 01, 2018 - 8:40 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The impending resignation of White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's closest advisers has White House observers wondering who is left for President Trump to trust. 

Michael Wallace and Steve Scott spoke about the issue Thursday with Politico Chief Washington Correspondent Edward-Isaac Dovere.

Dovere has pointed out that the job of president is a lonely one in general, but Trump is in especially lonely position that is bleeding people constantly.

“The job of the president is always a lonely job. You’re essentially by yourself at the end of the day with the weight of the world on your shoulders. For President Trump, who came in as an outsider to Washington and with a small core of (staff) supporters… that’s always been a factor, but more and more of that core of aids – the metaphorical family around him – have been leaving,” Dovere said.

Hicks announced this week that she plans to resign sometime soon. Dovere noted that Hicks was an especially close confidant for Trump whose absence will be felt.

“Hope Hicks is not just another one on that list. She was very close to the president; had a relationship of trust with him that was beyond what the president has with almost anyone, and that gave her a role with him and it gave her a role within the staff that cannot be replicated,” he said.

Hicks has been seen as being in the Ivanka Trump-Jared Kushner camp within the White House, and her departure may be seen as a win for Chief of Staff John Kelly – whose tension with Kushner is well-known. But others argue that the departure of Hicks and other staffers may backfire on Kelly.

“Though it is fair to say that there are people who see this as an immediate win for Kelly, it may end up blowing up for him. And one of those people is Anthony Scaramucci – of course, one of the five people who have had the job of White House communications director in the last year. He had it for only 11 days before Kelly fired him,” Dovere said. “But Scaramucci went public today with something that is bubbling around with other Trump advisers that I have spoken to, that Kelly is the one who should get kicked out now.”

Speaking to CNN, Scaramucci blamed Kelly for “terrible” morale in the White House and said he anticipates more departures.

Meanwhile, there also has been speculation that Kushner and Ivanka Trump might be on the way out, Dovere said.

“That speculation has been around that he and Ivanka Trump might leave; might move back to New York. Hope Hicks was not even the only high-profile person to leave the White House this week. You had a guy named Josh Raffel who was primarily the spokesperson for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who left on Tuesday…. So we expect there will be more people going; potentially many more people going. They’re facing a lot of pressure in a lot of different ways,” he said.

Dovere added that the infighting and drama in the White House is compounded by the ongoing Russia probe.

“It will be hard to find almost any people, and ‘good’ is yet another factor into it, because on top of the soap operas and the backbiting and infighting is the very real threat of the Russia probes that are going on,” Dovere said. “Hope Hicks of course this week, the day before she announced that she was leaving, spent nine hours testifying in front of Congress – which is not only stressful, it’s expensive. Most people assume that would have cost her tens of thousands of dollars in legal bills.”