Fox has named former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks as its chief communications officer, in a move that underscores its closeness with the Trump Administration.
Hicks will lead communications for New Fox, a media company whose assets include Fox broadcasting and Fox News, following the sale of 21st Century Fox to the Walt Disney Co.
The former model joined Trumps 2016 presidential campaign and was considered one of his most trusted advisors, with broad access to the Oval Office. She resigned from the administration in February, after she admitted to telling white lies in her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.
As Hicks resigned, expressing gratitude to Trump, he heaped praise on her, saying she was “as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person. I will miss having her by my side.”
Viet Dinh, Foxs chief legal and policy officer, lauded Hicks for coordinating the administrations communications strategy and leading a team that coordinated messaging on economic issues, domestic policies and international affairs.
Dinh announced her appointment, along with that of Danny OBrien, a former senior government affairs and policy executive from General electric, as its executive vice president and head of government relations. OBrien served as Joe Bidens chief of staff during a portion of his tenure in the Senate.
“Hope and Danny are proven leaders and world-class public affairs professionals,” Dinh said in a message to staff. “Together they will define and project FOXs voice to our relevant communities.”
Hicks appointment is another example of the coziness between Fox and the Trump Administration. Earlier this summer, Bill Shine, the former co-president of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, joined the White House staff as deputy chief of staff for communications.
Fox News was the administration-friendly platform where Trumps embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, addressed allegations of sexual misconduct from high school and college in a rare interview in the midst of the confirmation process.