Former Trump aide Hope Hicks to work at Fox company

 
 
Updated 10/8/2018 1:19 PM
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  • FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2018 photo, White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, one of President Trump's closest aides and advisers, arrives to meet behind closed doors with the House Intelligence Committee, at the Capitol in Washington. Hicks has been hired at the new Fox company being created by the shedding of many of 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets to the Walt Disney Co. Hicks, who left the White House on March 29, will be based in Los Angeles.

    FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2018 photo, White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, one of President Trump's closest aides and advisers, arrives to meet behind closed doors with the House Intelligence Committee, at the Capitol in Washington. Hicks has been hired at the new Fox company being created by the shedding of many of 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets to the Walt Disney Co. Hicks, who left the White House on March 29, will be based in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2018 file photo, White House Communications Director Hope Hicks appears in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Hicks has been hired at the new Fox company being created by the shedding of many of 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets to the Walt Disney Co. Hicks, who left the White House on March 29, will be based in Los Angeles.

    FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2018 file photo, White House Communications Director Hope Hicks appears in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Hicks has been hired at the new Fox company being created by the shedding of many of 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets to the Walt Disney Co. Hicks, who left the White House on March 29, will be based in Los Angeles. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump poses for members of the media with then  White House Communications Director Hope Hicks on her last day before he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Hicks is taking on a similar role at the new Fox company, meaning she'll supervise messaging at her former boss' favorite television network.

    FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump poses for members of the media with then White House Communications Director Hope Hicks on her last day before he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Hicks is taking on a similar role at the new Fox company, meaning she'll supervise messaging at her former boss' favorite television network. Associated Press

NEW YORK -- President Trump's former communications chief Hope Hicks is taking on a similar role at the new Fox company, meaning she'll supervise messaging at her former boss' favorite television network.

The new company, being created by the shedding of many of 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets to the Walt Disney Co., will include Fox News Channel, the Fox broadcasting network, several local Fox stations and Fox Sports.

Hicks' hiring was announced Monday by Viet Dinh, chief legal and policy officer. Hicks, who left the White House on March 29, will be based in Los Angeles.

Hicks had a mostly behind-the-scenes role at the White House. But she was one of the president's most trusted aides, and had worked for him at his real estate company before Trump was elected president.

It's not immediately clear how much of a role Hicks, 29, will have at the New York-based Fox News, where communications has been run for several years by Irena Briganti. It seems to deepen the relationship between Fox News and the White House, where former Fox News executive Bill Shine is the communications director.

Trump gives the bulk of his television interviews to Fox News.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that Fox won't find anyone smarter or more talented than Hicks. "So happy for my friend," she tweeted. "They are beyond lucky to have you."

Dinh also announced the hiring of Danny O'Brien from General Electric as head of government affairs for the new company. O'Brien is a longtime Washington hand who was staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chief of staff to three senators.

The new company is expected to get an official name and begin operations early next year.

Julie Henderson and Nathaniel Brown, the communications team at 21st Century Fox, aren't moving to the new company.

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