Who is the most powerful person in Washington, D.C. right now? According to a new ranking compiled by GQ magazine, White House communications director Hope Hicks is not only the most powerful woman in Trump’s Washington, she is the most powerful person in D.C. besides the commander in chief himself. More powerful than Mike Pence, Robert Mueller, John Kelly, and even Ivanka and Jared Kushner.
Why is the 29-year-old Hicks so powerful? GQ argues that a combination of longevity and proximity gives her unparalleled influence inside the West Wing. Hicks has been with Trump since the day he launched his improbable campaign. She’s been riding the insane roller-coaster that has been the Trump campaign and administration, and unlike many others (i.e., Steve Bannon, Anthony Scaramucci, Sean Spicer, Omarosa, to name a few) has managed to not fall off, even at the sharpest turns, like her intimate involvement in the Rob Porter scandal, which ended with the White House staff secretary (and romantic partner of Hicks) abruptly stepping down amid spousal abuse accusations. “She avoids the spotlight and serves ruthlessly,” GQ contends.
Just three years ago, Hicks, a former model, was working as a public relations representative for Ivanka Trump’s fashion line. Now, she’s the youngest person to ever hold the position of White House communications director. Her youth and lack of D.C. experience hasn’t stopped her from becoming a force to be reckoned with, though. “Hope is feared and revered in the West Wing,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told the magazine, adding that while Hicks may appear to the public to be part of the administration’s background, “To the president, she is front and center.” For more on the story, watch the video below.
Read the full ranking of D.C.’s top power players at GQ.