Hope Hicks: The woman who 'totally understands' Donald Trump

The fund will assist White House staffers and campaign aides like communications director Hope Hicks with legal costs incurred in the course of the Russia probes

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's most loyal aides, announced her plans to resign this week.

The announcement comes one day after Hicks testified before the House intelligence committee for eight hours, reportedly telling lawmakers that while she told white lies during her time in the White House she never lied about substantive issues, including the ongoing investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election.

She reportedly told lawmakers she had told "white lies" for Trump in the course of her duties, but never over the Russian Federation probe.

Ms Hicks, 29, was one of the first people hired by then-businessman Mr Trump when he began his campaign for the presidency, and is one of his most trusted advisers.

Trump said on Wednesday (28 February): "Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years".

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump confers with White House Communications Director Hope Hicks (L) as White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders (R) listens during an interview with Reuters at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 17, 2018. It leaves Trump increasingly without support of the familiar aides who surrounded him during his campaign, and marks the latest in a string of high-level departures in the administration's second year.

"Her boyfriend's gone, now she's testifying", he said, referring to the resignation of aide Rob Porter amid allegations of domestic abuse, and her testimony in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

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"I said, 'What do you know about politics?' She said, 'Absolutely nothing, '" Mr. Trump said. Trump allies digested the news with surprise, finding it hard to imagine Trump without Hicks at his side. Asked about the email on Tuesday, she told the committee she did not view it as significant, the sources said. Her involvement in the Rob Porter matter, wherein she helped draft a memo defending someone she was dating, may have been an indication that the personal strain of working in this White House simply isn't worth it.

"Quit trying to make this a scandal - it's not", she said Wednesday, according to a pool reporter.

She shunned the spotlight and largely remained out of view, but her last few weeks were among the most tumultuous of her time at the White House.

The Trump White House has experienced a lot of turnover, though not all of it has been unprecentented, according to PolitiFact. Hicks has been close to Trump ever since the early days of his presidential campaign and is considered one of the most influential figures in the White House. Her replacement has not yet been named.

Kelly's initial concern with Hicks was the uncertain nature of her role when he took over in July. It's likely an interim communications director will be selected in the meantime.

In the hours before Hicks' arrival, Trump tweeted several times, quoting cable news commentators who said they hadn't seen evidence of collusion between Trump and Russian Federation.

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