October 8, 2018 12:39 pm
Updated: October 8, 2018 12:41 pm

Fox hires former Trump aide Hope Hicks to run communications after Disney sale

WATCH ABOVE: Hope Hicks, U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign confidante and former White House communications director, was seen on August 4 boarding Air Force One.

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Hope Hicks, the former communications director of U.S. President Donald Trump, has been appointed as communications chief at Fox, the company being spun off from Twenty-First Century Fox’s merger with Walt Disney Co.

Hicks, one of Trump’s longest-serving and most trusted aides, resigned from her White House job earlier this year.

Hicks was caught up in a controversy surrounding former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, another close Trump aide, whom Hicks had been dating. She worked to defend him when charges of domestic abuse against his two former wives emerged. Porter was ultimately forced to resign.

WATCH BELOW: Questions swirled around Hope Hicks’ resignation

In July, Disney outbid Comcast Corp with a $71.3 billion offer to buy some assets from Fox.

Before the deal closes, expected next year, Fox will separate the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, including Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, into a newly listed company.

The company also named Danny O’Brien head of government relations. O’Brien joins Fox from General Electric, where he is a senior government affairs and policy executive.

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