Hope Hicks, a longtime aide to Donald Trump, announced on Wednesday that she will resign from her position as White House communications director.
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During an interview with FOX Business’ David Asman, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) explained why people like Hicks would want to leave Washington.
“I would say that kind of speaks to the crucible that this Washington scene is, it’s been so divisive, so vitriolic, I understand why people want to leave,” he said.
This comes a day after Hicks testified behind closed doors to the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia’s interference during the 2016 presidential election. During the nine-hour session, Hicks admitted to telling “white lies” for President Trump.
“It makes me wonder what actually was testified to yesterday in that hearing,” Biggs said.
Biggs acknowledged that the problems within Congress could have been the driving factor that pushed Hicks over the edge.
“The bicameral system between the Senate and the House, we’re always fighting there. Then the two-party system has left each other very divided. America itself is divided on which direction we’re going to take long-term, whether you are going to go to the left with the Dems or stay to the right with Republicans. These things subsume the issues sometimes…so I understand exactly in some respects why someone like Hope Hicks…would want to leave,” he said.
The 29-year-old was considered by many to be one of Trump’s most trusted advisers. In a statement to the New York Times, President Trump said: “Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years. She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side, but when she approached me about perusing other opportunities, I totally understand.”
Biggs agreed with the president’s remarks and wished Hicks the best of luck in her future endeavors.
“I wish her best of luck. I think she did a good job,” he said.