Hope Hicks, one of President Trump’s closest aides from the outset of his campaign through his first year in office, is joining Fox as chief communications officer. She resigned as White House communications director in February, a day after telling Congress that she occasionally told “white lies” on Trump’s behalf. Hicks, who turns 30 this month, did marketing work for Ivanka Trump’s clothing collection soon after graduating from Southern Methodist University and quickly caught on at the Trump Organization. Despite her political inexperience, she became a prominent player in the Trump campaign and one of the president-elect’s most trusted aides. In her new role, Hicks will oversee communications for Fox News, Fox Sports, and the company’s broadcast network, which will be spun off from a larger entertainment company bought by Disney.
Barbara Bush, former President George W. Bush’s daughter, was married this week at her family’s famous Walker Point compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. George W. walked his daughter down the aisle at a private ceremony attended by about 20 family members, including former President George H.W. Bush, who at 94 has been in and out of the hospital in recent years. Barbara, 36, who married screenwriter Craig Coyne, 37, is co-founder of the nonprofit Global Health Corps and the fraternal twin of Today correspondent Jenna Bush Hager. George W. said the bride was named “for a unique and strong woman,” the family matriarch, who died in April at 92.
Taylor Swift is often criticized for ducking political controversy, but she broke that silence this week to endorse two Democrats running for Congress from Tennessee. Swift, who moved to Nashville as a teenager, told her 112 million Instagram followers, “In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions.” But, she said, the record of incumbent GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn “appalls and terrifies me.” Swift cited Blackburn’s opposition to “equal pay for women” and to reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, as well as her belief that businesses have the right to turn away gay couples. Swift said she plans to vote for Democrat Phil Bredesen, who’s running neck and neck with Blackburn. ■