Fox names former Trump aide Hope Hicks as its new communications director

Fox names former Trump aide Hope Hicks as its new communications director

Former White House communications director Hope Hicks has been named the head of corporate communications for New Fox, Variety reported Monday. Hicks will lead communications for "New" Fox, a media company whose assets include Fox broadcasting and Fox News, following the pending sale of 21st Century Fox to the Walt Disney Co.

She left the White House in April, after rising to prominence as a close Trump adviser during the 2016 presidential campaign.

She will be based in Los Angeles, according to an announcement by Viet Dinh, the company's chief legal and policy officer. She resigned from the administration in February, after she admitted to telling white lies in her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee. The president months ago hired former Fox News co-president Bill Shine as his Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications.

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Hicks was formerly director of communications for the Trump Organization. The $71.3 billion Disney-Fox merger is expected to be finalized by early next year.

After Hicks' new job was made public, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted, "FOX won't find anyone smarter or more talented than Hope Hicks". "They are beyond lucky to have you". O'Brien previously served as chief of staff to Senators Joe Biden (D-Del.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.). He's a longtime Washington hand who most recently worked at General Electric.

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