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- President Donald Trump once commented that Hope Hicks, now the White House communications director, had scant political experience, but was aided by her good looks.
- Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, recalled the comments in his new campaign memoir, “Let Trump Be Trump.”
Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, recalled Trump telling him that his then-27-year-old press secretary, Hope Hicks, “had about as much experience as a coffee cup,” but, they agreed, it helped that she was “good looking.”
Lewandowski revealed the phone conversation with Trump, which took place during the presidential transition, in the new campaign memoir, “Let Trump Be Trump,” that he wrote with another former campaign aide, David Bossie.
The conversation reportedly took place the day after Trump won the election, when Lewandowski was at a hotel in New York City.
“When we started this thing, it was you and me, and an airplane,” Trump told Lewandowski, according to the book. “That’s all we had.”
“And we had Hope,” Lewandowski reportedly responded.
“She had about as much experience as a coffee cup,” Trump said, according to the book.
To that, Lewandowski reportedly said, “But she’s good looking,” to which Trump reportedly replied, “That always helps.”
Hicks, now the White House communications director, is – apart from Trump’s family members – his longest-serving campaign and presidential aide and is widely viewed as among Trump’s most loyal employees.
Lewandowski, who was fired from the campaign, also described Hicks, a former PR consultant who worked for Ivanka Trump’s company before joining the Trump campaign at its launch in 2015, as “smart and private, with a nearly photographic memory.”
He added that Hicks was taken aback by Trump’s offer to join the campaign, which she mistook as an offer to work on a public relations campaign for one of his golf clubs.
When she was first asked to be press secretary, the authors wrote that she responded, “Which one? The Doral marketing campaign?”
“No, my presidential campaign!” Trump responded. “I’m running for president.”
Allan Smith contributed to this report.