The Latest: Trump bids farewell to Hope Hicks

Donald Trump, Hope Hicks
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

President Donald Trump is bidding farewell to one of his longest-serving aides as he departs for Ohio.

The president appeared alongside outgoing communications director Hope Hicks outside the Oval Office on Hicks’ last day at the White House.

Trump pointed at Hicks, waved to the cameras, and gave Hicks a handshake and a kiss on the cheek before heading to Marine One.

Hicks has been one of the president’s most trusted, loyal and influential staffers. She held a portfolio that extended well beyond her job title.

She worked for the Trump organization before serving as the Trump campaign’s one-woman press shop and has been working at the White House since Trump’s inauguration.

A bitter fight is underway to fill the communications director role.

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12:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump is emerging from relative seclusion to promote rebuilding the nation’s roads and bridges.

Trump is visiting Richfield, Ohio, on Thursday to push his plan to use $200 billion in federal money to spur at least $1.5 trillion in spending on infrastructure. The president unveiled the proposal in February and cast it as able to garner bipartisan support, but it has bogged down in Congress.

Trump has kept a low profile since Sunday’s “60 Minutes” interview with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who says the married Trump had sex with her before he was president. Trump, through his representatives, has denied the 2006 affair.

The Ohio speech will be Trump’s first substantive public appearance since last Friday.

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