Donald Trump’s former spokesperson analyzes in criminal trial what it was like to work on his 2016 campaign

Donald Trump’s former spokesperson analyzes in criminal trial what it was like to work on his 2016 campaign
Donald Trump’s former spokesperson analyzes in criminal trial what it was like to work on his 2016 campaign

Sarah Yanez-Richards

New York, May 3 (EFE).- Hope Hicks, who worked on former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and was his communications director in the White House until 2018, took the stand this Friday for almost three hours in the trial against his former boss in New York and told what it was like to work on his run to the White House.

Prosecutors were the first to question Hicks and, although Trump’s former spokesperson said she was nervous, she did not show it in her answers; However, he burst into tears as soon as the defense took over the questioning.

Seeing Hicks’ emotional state, the judge in charge of the first criminal trial of a former president in the history of the United States, ordered a recess in this process in which Trump faces 34 charges, including falsifying commercial documents to help cover up an extramarital affair with a porn actress.

Hicks, he said, spoke to Trump and his then-right-hand man, Cohen, on the day in 2016 when they learned that porn actress Stormy Daniels wanted money in exchange for not telling about their affair.

From the stand, Hicks described the relationship with his former boss as one of “mutual respect” and said that during the 2016 election campaign – when the payment was made to Daniels – Trump was very involved with the way his campaign communicated with the media.

The testimony of Hicks, who had no experience in communications before working in this field for Trump, became relevant when he addressed the entertainment medium Access Hollywood’s tape, in which Trump described how he grabbed women by their genitals.

“I’m automatically attracted to pretty women. I start kissing them, it’s like a magnet, I can’t even wait (…). And when you’re a celebrity they let you do whatever you want, you can do whatever you want (…) “Grab them by the vagina. You can do anything,” Trump – by then already married to his current partner, Melania – said in a private conversation with presenter Billy Bush.

The ninth witness from the Manhattan Prosecutor’s Office said that these statements represented “a crisis” for the presidential campaign and recalled that when she told Trump the content of the tape, the president told her that “it didn’t sound like something he would say.”

Hicks also spoke about the atmosphere in Trump’s circle when, shortly before the election, an article exposed that Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, had an affair with Trump between 2006 and 2007.

McDougal’s version did not come to light, as it was purchased by the parent company of the tabloid The National Enquirer only to be buried as a favor to Trump.

However, Hicks also described Trump as a family man whose motive for suppressing these extramarital scandals may not have been just to win the election, but to protect his relationship with his family and his wife.

The picture he painted of Cohen’s personality was not so idyllic: when Hicks learned that Trump’s former lawyer said he had paid $130,000 to Daniels in a selfless act of loyalty to Trump, he thought it was out of character, since that he did not believe Cohen was “an especially charitable person” or “altruistic.”

Cohen will be one of the prosecution’s star witnesses in this trial.

During the first part of Hicks’ testimony to the prosecution, Trump looked intently, then appeared to focus on his statements on a video screen in front of him, and after the lunch break, he sat back in his chair with his eyes closed. Long periods of time.

On Thursday, the current Republican candidate for the next presidential election said on his social network that he did not fall asleep in court, but simply closed his “beautiful blue eyes” to listen “intensely.”

There are many journalists and curious people who go to the Manhattan Criminal Court to follow the case; today the most famous face among the audience in the room was that of Anderson Cooper, one of CNN’s star presenters. EFE



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