February 13, 2020

One of President Trump's most trusted aides is making a comeback.

Hope Hicks, Trump's close adviser during the 2016 election and eventual White House communications director, has accepted a role that will put her back on Trump's staff. After resigning from the Trump team in 2018, Hicks will soon return as a counselor to the president, the White House confirms to The New York Times.

Hicks will report to Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and will share the same title as Kellyanne Conway, when she begins her job within the next few weeks. Hicks worked on Trump's 2016 run and will do the same this year, a senior official told the Times. She'll also work on projects Kushner oversees — presumably his work in the Middle East and on criminal justice reform.

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia repeatedly mentioned Hicks. She had given several hours of testimony to the House Intelligence Committee in March 2018, and resigned from the White House the next day. She testified for the House Judiciary Committee again in summer 2019. Hicks had been working as Fox's chief communications officer since late 2018. Kathryn Krawczyk

2:30 p.m.

Mort Drucker, the beloved artist known for his work at MAD magazine, has died at 91.

Drucker died Wednesday at his home in New York, his friend John Reiner confirmed to The New York Times. Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper his death was not thought to be related to COVID-19.

After joining MAD in 1956, Drucker's hilarious caricatures satirizing pop culture soon became iconic, and he illustrated more than half of the magazine's movie parodies from the 1960s through 2008, per the Times. In a 2000 interview with the Times, he noted, "I think I've drawn almost everyone in Hollywood."

Among Drucker's other notable work includes the poster for George Lucas' American Graffiti; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucas personally drove to Drucker's home on Long Island to convince him to draw it.

"The World has lost a not just an extraordinary talent but a shining example of kindness, humility and humor," the National Cartoonists Society said in a statement.

MAD fans on Thursday quickly began sharing their favorite cartoons from Drucker's legendary career, including his parodies of Jaws and Star Wars. "Many of his illustrations are as vivid in my mind as the movies and TV shows that inspired them," The New York Times' Dave Itzkoff wrote.

Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper that Drucker's final words to him were, "I'm the luckiest man — I've had a wonderful life." Brendan Morrow

2:11 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.