Former Fox News Exec Bill Shine Resigns From Trump Administration

Bill Shine has resigned as one of President Donald Trump’s top communications advisers, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Friday.

Sanders said that Shine offered his resignation to Trump on Thursday evening, and Trump accepted.

“Bill continues to support President Trump and his agenda and will serve as senior adviser to the 2020 re-election campaign,” she said.

Shine served as assistant to the president and communications director, only the latest figure to hold that post.

“Serving President Trump and this country has been the most rewarding experience of my entire life,” he said in a statement. “To be a small part of all this President has done for the American people has truly been an honor. I’m looking forward to working on President Trump’s reelection campaign and spending more time with my family.”

Shine started his tenure at the White House on July 5.

There had been rumors over Shine’s role. The New York Times reported in January that Trump has openly expressed skepticism about his role, in which he advised the president on such things as stagecraft and messaging.

In a statement, Trump said, “Bill Shine has done an outstanding job working for me and the Administration. We will miss him in the White House, but look forward to working together on the 2020 Presidential Campaign, where he will be totally involved. Thank you to Bill and his wonderful family!”

Shine had previously been co-president of Fox News Channel, where he spent years as a top producer and manager. He resigned from the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news outlet as it was grappling with several lawsuits alleging gender and racial discrimination. Shine enjoyed a close relationship with Fox News primetime host Sean Hannity and his presence near the Oval Office has widely been seen as helping forge stronger ties between the network and President Trump.

 

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