Trump's Former Communications Director, Hope Hicks, Has Landed a New Gig

Hope Hick, former White House communications director, is the new head of corporate communications for the new Fox corporation, which includes Fox broadcasting, Fox Sports, and Fox News, Variety reports.

President Donald Trump waves while standing with Hope Hicks outside the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Before that she worked for the Trump Organization as director of communications.

While not a direct swap of assets, the tradeoff between the White House and Fox has a certain air of symmetry about it. Her new role will give her power in an amorphous media company, figuring out an identity after selling off numerous products for which it is best known. Hicks will replace former executive vice president and chief communications officer for 21st Century Fox, Julie Henderson, who chose not to transition to the new Fox corporation, along with senior vice president Nathaniel Brown. 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.). The president months ago hired former Fox News co-president Bill Shine as his Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications.

It's not unusual for communications executive, trained in the crucible of Washington, D.C., to land jobs in Hollywood.

But Hicks' elevation nonetheless drew criticism from media watchdog Media Matters for America, which interpreted the news as a a sign that Fox would more closely align with Trump's communications apparatus as a partisan megaphone for the administration. So happy for my friend. He was most recently an executive at General Electric. "They are beyond lucky to have you".