'She's a New Yorker': Kellyanne Conway says Hope Hicks quit to spend time with 'great family she's close to'
Kellyanne Conway speaks to Fox News (screen grab)

White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway on Thursday praised outgoing Communications Director Hope Hicks and predicted that "millions will tune in" when she does her first television interview about her experience with Donald Trump.

During an interview on Fox & Friends, host Steve Doocy pointed out several reasons Hicks could be resigning, including her romantic relationship with accused wife abuser Rob Porter and pressure over the Russia investigation.

"Was it the 'white lies' thing? She couldn't take the heat?" Doocy wondered.

"This is very simple," Conway insisted. "Hope's been doing this for three years nonstop. It's very simple. I think the president spoke for all of us who have had the privilege of working with Hope and getting to know her as a friend, that she's fantastic and she has done a tremendous job for him. And as the president says, [she] will probably be back in his orbit sometime and someday to help yet again."

According to the White House counselor, Hope has been "enormously effective" during her time as communications director.

"Hope is one of those unbroken threads between the early days of the primary campaign, all through the campaign, on the plane practically every day," Conway said, "with candidate Trump, during transition."

"And Hope's a New Yorker," she continued. "She got a great family she's close to. And she has a wonderful future and we're all excited to see. I love her and I'll miss her very much."

"She had the luxury of not having to come on TV often," Conway concluded. "But I think we'll hear from her. And one day when Hope Hicks sits down to give a major post-White House interview, millions of people will tune in and I'll be one of them."

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