Have you actually heard Hope Hicks explain her decision to resign as White House communications director? If not, here it is, according to The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, who broke the story:
“She told colleagues that she had accomplished what she felt she could with a job that made her one of the most powerful people in Washington and that there would never be a perfect moment to leave.”
WTF? Ahem. Cough. Throat clear now. Nervous looking around.
Collar tug. Cough. Nervous giggling heard now.
So, no. Absolutely not. No way. Never.
Whatever the opposite of the perfect time to leave the White House is the imperfect time and this is certainly it.
Hicks is not only the third Trump White House communications director to resign in just over a year, but, according to CNN, she also leaves:
* One day after she spent hours testifying in front of the House Intelligence Committee regarding its investigation into Russia’s attempted meddling in the 2016 presidential election. In that testimony, Hicks acknowledged that she sometimes told white lies for Trump but insisted that she had never done so in regard to the Russia investigation.* Amid a security clearance crisis that caused White House staff secretary Rob Porter’s resignation. Porter, who was romantically involved with Hicks, stands accused of domestic abuse by both of his ex-wives. Those allegations, which Porter denied, had kept him from gaining a permanent security clearance. Which meant that Porter was operating with an interim clearance, despite handling oodles of top secret and classified information in his role as staff secretary. But, wait, there’s more! Hicks was deeply involved in the crafting of the chief of staff John Kelly’s initial defense of Porter, despite her romantic ties to the now-former aide.* As tensions between Trump’s immediate family — Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, in particular — and Kelly boil over. The downgrading of Kushner’s security clearance by Kelly hamstrings the first son-in-law, whose portfolio includes negotiating Middle East peace and managing the US’s relationship with China (among many, many other things).* On the same day the President resumed his ad hominem smear campaign against his own attorney general and one day after CNN reported that special counsel Robert Mueller is taking a look at Trump’s finances in the run-up to his decision to run for president.