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Trump favorite Hope Hicks will return to the White House as aide to Jared Kushner

Key Points
  • Former White House communications director Hope Hicks is rejoining the Trump administration as an aide to President Trump's senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
  • Hicks was hired as the chief communications officer at Fox Corp. after she left the White House in April 2018.
  • Hicks' return is the latest example of the White House-Fox revolving door of staffers.
Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks.
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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks, a favorite former aide of President Donald Trump's, is rejoining the administration to work for the president's senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Hicks, 31, was hired as the chief communications officer at Fox after she left the White House in April 2018. She had worked for Trump since the 2016 election.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Hicks will serve as "counselor to the president and senior advisor, working for Jared Kushner's office."

Kushner told NBC News in a statement: "There is no one more devoted to implementing President Trump's agenda than Hope Hicks. We are excited to have her back on the team."

Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and senior advisor, tweeted "Welcome back Hope!" on Thursday, after The New York Times first reported Hicks' career switch.

The Times' Maggie Haberman tweeted later Thursday that another ex-Trump official is expected to return to the White House: Johnny McEntee, Trump's onetime personal assistant who was fired amid a reported Secret Service probe into his finances.

McEntee had become an advisor on Trump's reelection campaign after being escorted from the White House in March 2018. He "is expected to take over the office that oversees presidential personnel appointments," Haberman tweeted, citing two people briefed on the matter.

The White House declined CNBC's request for comment on McEntee's reported return.

Hicks started her career in the Trump orbit as an aide to Ivanka Trump for her fashion brand.

Hicks' return is the latest example of the White House-Fox revolving door of staffers.

After Hicks moved to the media giant, former Fox News executive Bill Shine joined the White House in the similar role of deputy chief of staff for communications. Shine announced in March that he was resigning from the White House to advise Trump's 2020 reelection campaign.

Trump often grants Fox News exclusive interviews and frequently cites it favorably for its coverage of him. He recruited a regular guest on that network, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, to the legal team that defended him in the Senate's impeachment trial. The Republican-led Senate last week acquitted Trump of two articles of impeachment, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Fox Corp. confirmed Hicks' departure in a statement. "We are proud of the work Hope has done and wish her well in her future endeavors," the company said.

Hicks left their previous White House job under a cloud of controversy.

Hicks had been dating former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who at the time had been accused of spousal abuse. Hicks also admitted during testimony to the House Intelligence Committee during its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election that she had told "white lies" for Trump.

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-- CNBC's Valerie Block contributed to this report.