Outgoing White House Communications Director Hope Hicks had been working with President Donald Trump for three years non-stop, and even though she's leaving, she'll probably be back in his "orbit sometime and someday to help again," presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Thursday.
"It's very simple," Conway told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "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."
Hicks was with Trump since the early days of his primary campaign, said Conway, but she's a New Yorker with a "great family she's close to" and has a "wonderful future."
"She had the luxury of not having to come on TV often," said Conway. "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."
Hicks did a great deal behind the scenes, although she was not often in the public eye, said Conway.
"She shepherded a lot of resources and surrogates and indeed the president's voice when it came to passing major initiatives like tax reform, working on infrastructure," said Conway. "Last week, the listening session with those affected by school shootings was Hope's original idea."
Conway said she's been offered the job of communications director several times, but she wants to work on policy at the White House.
Also on Thursday, Conway discussed the bipartisan meeting the president held on Wednesday, saying it was not about gun control but about school safety.
"We're talking about all of this in the context of the tragedy that occurred in Parkland, Florida," she said. "We have to remember when the president comments, yesterday, he was talking that particular shooter in many instances, that we all saw what this person had posted on social media but after the fact.
"We all know that dozens and dozens of calls and warningsabout this individual. Everybody is angry and everybody is heartbroken but we wonder how can this slip through the cracks? So with that as the backdrop, the president is saying stronger background checks."
Trump has also called for raising the age of gun sales, as two major retailers, Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart did on Wednesday, said Conway.
"Those companies have to make a business decision," she said. "He is leading the nation in a conversation. The president just told me last night, we had a conversation late last night about yesterday's session.
"He told me last night there are elements of the Toomey-Manchin bill and elements of the Cornyn-Burphy bill he is supportive of. He made that very clear. That shows bipartisan impulses."
Trump also respects the Second Amendment and the rights of law-abiding citizens who own firearms, she added.
She also pointed out that the president has met with the NRA over the weekend, and he is listening to them, but at the same time, the nation's schools must be hardened as targets.
"I read about 98 percent of the mass shootings that have occurred since the 1950s have been in gun-free zones," said Conway.
"The president made very clear in all sessions on live TV for all to see, we're inviting more violence by keeping these gun-free. He called for arming a very small and specific population of gun-adept teachers or administrators."
The president is also tackling the opioid crisis, said Conway.
"We have six Cabinet secretaries showing the country what respective departments and agencies have been doing to tackle the opioid crisis since the president's HHS secretary declared a public health emergency last October," she said.
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