After Donald Trump said goodbye to Hope Hicks, it didn’t take long for the social media jokes to begin

By Maria Pasquini
March 30, 2018 02:57 PM
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Donald Trump said goodbye to White House communications director Hope Hicks on Thursday — and it didn’t take long before social media started making jokes about their public peck on the cheek goodbye — and what their parting words might have been.

“DO NOT CONGRATULATE,” one user joked on Twitter, making reference to the note Trump reportedly received warning him against calling Russian President Vladimir Putin to applaud him on his reelection victory.

Another user wrote a poem about the moment, referring to it as the “kiss of death.”

Others noted that the moment felt very staged, with one user writing “everything about this is weird.”

US President Donald J. Trump, Washington, USA - 29 Mar 2018
Donald Trump and Hope Hicks
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Here are more reactions:

Trump and Hicks’ farewell occurred one month after the 29-year-old resigned, following her testimony to a House committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Expressing her “gratitude” to the president in a statement provided by the White House at the time, Hicks went on to “wish the President and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country.”

US President Donald J. Trump, Washington, USA - 29 Mar 2018
Donald Trump and Hope Hicks
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However, it was later reported that Hicks had tearfully given her notice after the president “berated” her over her congressional testimony, in which she allegedly admitted to telling “white lies” for her boss, according to CNN and The New York Times.

A source told PEOPLE last month that Hicks made her decision because she felt “it was time to resign.”

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“She has been incredibly loyal to him for a long time but it’s been a tough few years and she had enough. She needed to make a change after everything she has been through,” said the source.