US President close aide and White House communications Chief Hope Hicks resigns

One of US President Donald Trump's longest-serving advisers, Hope Hicks, is to step down as White House communications director. The 29-year-old former model and ex-Trump Organization employee has been by Mr Trump's side for years. She is reported to have told colleagues that she felt she had accomplished all she could in the White House. She is the fourth person to serve as communications chief for this administration.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders - who described Ms Hicks as "in a league of her own", said it remained unclear when she would leave the administration. Ms Sanders said the resignation was not connected to testimony Ms Hicks gave to the House Intelligence Committee last Tuesday.