White House Director of Strategic Communications

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White House Director of
Strategic Communications
Executive Office of the President
Reports toThe President
AppointerThe President
FormationJanuary 20, 2017
First holderHope Hicks
AbolishedJuly 1, 2019

The White House Director of Strategic Communications is a senior member of the President's staff, reporting directly to the President and working in conjunction with the White House Communications Director.

President Donald Trump formed the position in late 2016, naming one of his closest advisors and earliest political aides, Hope Hicks, as the nation's first holder of this office.[1]

The exact responsibilities have yet to be clearly defined, but are assumed to include coordinating media appearances, advising the President on messaging, and serving as a confidant on key matters involving personnel and in executing the President's agenda, an extension of the role Hicks served in the Trump campaign and transition.[2][3]


Officeholder Term start Term end Term duration President
Hope Hicks January 20, 2017 September 12, 2017 235 days Donald Trump
Mercedes Schlapp September 12, 2017 July 1, 2019 1 year, 292 days


  1. ^ Dixon, Ken. "Greenwich woman picked for Trump communications staff". Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  2. ^ Jacobs, Jennifer. "Trump's Original Four: The Staffers Behind His Historic Victory".
  3. ^ Nuzzi, Olivia. "The Mystifying Triumph of Hope Hicks, Donald Trump's Right-Hand Woman". GQ. Retrieved 14 January 2017.