Rainy days and Mondays: Gloomy Hope Hicks steps out in demure blouse and bare legs for new week at White House amid tension over boyfriend Rob Porter's domestic abuse scandal

Mail Online | 2/12/2018 | Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com
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Hope Hicks was photographed as she headed off to work on Monday, marking the start of her first week at the office without boyfriend Rob Porter by her side.

The White House Communications Director, 29, was certainly dressed to impress, stepping out bare-legged despite the frigid and rainy weather in the nation's capital. wearing a $395 ruffled high-neck blouse with balloon sleeves by Caroline Constas and a double-breasted camel coat.

Blowout - Makeup - Smokey - Eye - Lip

She also showed off a fresh blowout and some heavy makeup, opting for a smokey eye, bold lip and heavy rogue to kick off the work week.

Hicks finished off her look with a pair of black heels, pearl studs and a black tote.

Hicks - Week - Home - Office - Boss

Hicks is coming off a difficult week at both home and the office, where her boss President Trump has reportedly grown increasingly frustrated with the longest-serving employee in the administration.

A source told CNN that President Trump's anger is a result of how the Porter scandal was handled, and his lack of involvement in planning out the strategy to deal with the allegations.

President - Trump - Hicks - Feelings - Staff

President Trump reportedly believes that Hicks is letting her feelings for the former staff secretary cloud her judgement.

On Friday, Hicks found nothing to smile about as she made her way to the Oval Office to hear President Trump deliver prepared remarks about her newly unemployed boyfriend.

Hicks - Point - Listening - Kellyanne - Conway

Hicks was photographed at one point listening in while a smiling Kellyanne Conway spoke into her ear, but her somber expression remained fixed on her face.

And later, she could be seen placing her hand on John Kelly's back as the forlorn Chief of Staff stood solo in a corner while watching President Trump speak.

Claims - Frustration - President - Trump - Statement

Despite the claims of frustration, President Trump released a statement on Friday which said: 'Hope is absolutely fantastic.

'She was with the campaign from the beginning, and...
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