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    Trump personally lobbied for Hope Hicks to get seven-figure job with Fox by calling Rupert Murdoch to tell him she was a winner (and so did Jared Kushner)

    • Hicks left the White House in February and then landed back in New York
    • She is joining FOX as chief communications officer based in L.A.
    • Hicks is a former White House communications director who led Trump's press operation in 2016 on the campaign trail
    • Trump and Kushner each reportedly talked her up with FOX Chair Murdoch
    • She had a competing offer from investor Aryeh Bourkoff
    • Fox News has repeatedly boosted Trump, and former company exec Bill Shine became Trump's chief of staff for communications
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    Former White House communications director Hope Hicks got a high-powered recommendation for her new job at Fox – in the form of a phone call President Trump placed to Fox chair Rupert Murdoch.
    Hicks, who served as Trump's press secretary as part of the original skeleton crew of his 2016 campaign, went on to become White House communications director, a post she exited in February.
    Also putting in a good word for the Trump loyalist was Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Vanity Fair reported, citing sources. Hicks previously advised Kushner's wife, Ivanka Trump, when she was working for the Trump Organization.

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    LET ME KNOW IF THERE'S ANYTHING I CAN DO: President Donald Trump waves beside White House Communications Director Hope Hicks on one of her last days in his administration. He reportedly put in a call to Fox chair Rupert Murdoch on her behalf

    Her new gig reportedly comes with a seven-figure compensation package, when benefits and stock options are factored in.
    After leaving the White House, Hicks spent time in her home of Connecticut before relocating back to New York.
    Her new job, where she will work closely with Trump's eldest son Lachlan, has her moving to Los Angeles – giving her the chance to make a fresh start while starting the next phase in her career.
    In New York, she was seen playing a game of cat and mouse with former White House aide Rob Porter, who resigned in disgrace facing spousal abuse allegations by two ex wives.
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    BAGS PACKED: Hope Hicks will head to Los Angeles for her new job
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    Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is going Hollywood with a PR job at FOX, a new company being built out of the remains of Rupert Murdoch's empire that will include Fox News
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    'She's the greatest. I love it,' he told DailyMail.com on Tuesday afternoon. 'I'm very happy for FOX, because Hope is a winner. I'm very proud of Hope'

    President Trump gushed about Hicks on Tuesday when asked about her new job with a network that has provided favorable coverage to him on shows like 'Fox and Friends' and 'Hannity.'
    'She's the greatest. I love it,' Trump told DailyMail.com. 'I'm very happy for FOX, because Hope is a winner. I'm very proud of Hope.'
    Kushner friend Aryeh Bourkoff, a Manhattan investor, reportedly lined up a competing job prospect. Page Six reported in August that Hicks was spotted lunching with Bourkoff.
    FOX will consist of the remaining assets of Murdoch's company - such as Fox News, Fox Sports, and the broadcast television network - left out of the sale of most of 21st Century Fox to Disney for $71.3 billion.

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    Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall at the Take Home A Nude Auction, New York Academy of Art

    Hicks will be top PR honcho at the rebuilt FOX and her duties include oversight of the communications shop for the company that owns the cable news channel her former boss loves to watch.
    Her title is executive vice president and chief communications officer for Fox. She will report to Viet Dinh, Fox's chief legal and policy officer.
    But she will work closely with Lachlan Murdoch, the eldest son of Rupert Murdoch, The New York Times reported.
    Lachlan Murdoch will be chair and chief executive of the reconstituted FOX.
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    Hicks moved to New York after leaving the White House. She now has landed a job at Fox
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    Fox News has repeatedly boosted Trump, and former company exec Bill Shine became Trump's chief of staff for communications after Hicks' departure.
    Another former Fox News host, Heather Nauert, is spokesperson at the State Department. And Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton is a former Fox News contributor. Trump has granted sit-down interviews to Hannity, as well as 'Fox and Friends,' and repeatedly called into the show during his successful presidential campaign.
    Hicks met with investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. She was among aides who participated when Trump dictated a misleading statement about Donald Trump Jr.'s June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians.

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