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Here's how Hope Hicks has outlasted most other Trump aides

Hope Hicks will become the third White House communications director since President Trump took office eight months ago.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Hicks being named to the job permanently Tuesday.

Unlike predecessors Mike Dubke and Anthony Scaramucci, the 28-year-old media guru has been one of the few people considered untouchable within Trump’s inner circle.

She’s worked with the real estate family for roughly five years, and has moved up the ranks through its company and on the campaign.

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Hicks, a longtime Trump confidant, is one of the youngest members of the President's inner circle.

Hicks, a longtime Trump confidant, is one of the youngest members of the President’s inner circle.

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That carried over into the White House, where she joined the press team and earns the top salary available: $ 179,700.

But she’s mostly avoided the spotlight among a team of rivals often at the center of media attention.

That could be why she’s now one of the longest-serving aides Trump has counted on since he launched his campaign more than two years ago.

Hicks modeled and played lacrosse before moving into PR.

Hicks modeled and played lacrosse before moving into PR.

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Like the Trumps, she doesn’t have a political background

The Greenwich, Conn., native played lacrosse during her four years at Southern Methodist University. She was also a model who did shoots for Ralph Lauren and an offshoot book based off the show “Gossip Girl.”

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Hicks first started working with the Trumps in 2012, when she went to go work for Hiltzik Strategies, which represented the Trump Organization.

She joined the Trump Organization two years later, focusing on Ivanka Trump’s fashion line.

Hicks even modeled one of the now-first daughter’s dresses in April 2015.

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Despite the many staff shakeups during Trump’s whirlwind campaign, Hicks was one of the few mainstays during its year-and-a-half run.

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Maybe that’s because she didn’t have much of a choice. Trump called her to his office at Trump Tower to deliver the news, according to a 2016 New York Times profile of Hicks.

“Mr. Trump sat her down and said, ‘This is your new job,'” her mother, Caye Cavender Hicks, told the newspaper. “It was a shocker.”

Despite reportedly being a registered Republican since 2008, she had never worked on a campaign before. She lived in a Trump-owned apartment during the marathon presidential bid.

Campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told her she couldn’t work for both the campaign and the company, so she had to pick one, according to a GQ profile.

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When she quit the campaign, aides recalled Lewandowski saying: “You made a big f—–g mistake; you’re f—–g dead to me.”

Trump convinced her to stay, however.

Hicks stays quiet — she doesn’t even tweet

One of the reasons Hicks might’ve survived while so many others have been fired might be because she lets all the media attention stay on the President.

Making off-hand remarks or giving off-the-rails interviews have been the undoing of veterans like Scaramucci and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

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But Hicks is rarely heard speaking. Aside from addressing a Trump rally after the former real estate mogul won office, she’s hardly given an interview.

And her Twitter account, with more than 10,000 followers, has only three tweets — two retweets of the President and another of First Lady Melania Trump.

She’s one of the youngest people to hold the job

At 28 years old, Hicks is the youngest person to hold the position since it was created in 1969.

Dan Bartlett — who ran the White House media shop for four years under George W. Bush — previously held the record. He became communications director in October 2001 at age 30.

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Hicks will also be the 10th woman to hold the position, not counting those who filled the role in an acting capacity.

Hicks, seen exiting Air Force One, has remained quiet and let the President be himself.

Hicks, seen exiting Air Force One, has remained quiet and let the President be himself.

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Hicks lets Trump be himself, and will defend him no matter where she is

She’s often considered one of Trump’s closest confidants, along with his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Hicks was the lone White House staffer at a July interview with the New York Times in which the President went off on Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

At other times she’ll keep the commander-in-chief on message. Hicks was quoted three times in a May interview the President gave with the Economist in which she tried to keep him on track.

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The tradition goes back long before the White House.

Trump would often dictate tweets for Hicks to send out from his well-followed Twitter account during the campaign, New York magazine reported in April 2016.

And she’s gone on the defensive even beyond borders.

The weekend after Trump was elected, she overheard some people expressing their displeasure about his victory at a family wedding in Bermuda.

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“I promise, he’s a good person!” she told the group, according to Politico.

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