Fox hires ex-Trump aide Hope Hicks

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She announced that she was leaving the White House in February, a day after being interviewed for nine hours by a House panel looking into claims of Russian interference in the 2016 election. She also enjoyed close friendships with other officials such as White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump.

She will be based in Los Angeles. She was considered one of Trump's most trusted advisers during a chaotic first year for the president. He is known as such an avid viewer of Fox that anchors and political guests have even sometimes sought to address Trump directly from its programs in attempts to influence his thinking. Henderson enjoys a strong relationship with Fox founder Rupert Murdoch and chairman and CEO Lachlan Murdoch, and informed them of her decision after the Disney deal was announced. At age 29, Hicks has limited media-business experience, and has never run corporate communications for a publicly traded company before.

Numerous members of the public relations staffs at network TV news divisions have White House and Beltway positions on their resumes.

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This summer he named former Fox News co-president Bill Shine as assistant and deputy chief of staff for communications.

The appointments will officially go into effect once Disney completes the acquisition of the majority of Fox's assets in early 2019, the company said.

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