Bill Shine resigns as White House communications chief, will join Trump campaign

Clay Curtis
March 9, 2019

Bill Shine is out as President Donald Trump's White House Communications Director, after less than a year.

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

Shine resigned from the U.S. television network less than a year later over questions concerning his handling of the Ailes case and accusations that he had helped cover up alleged misbehavior.

Shine is the latest in a string of communications directors who have had short tenures in the Trump White House, where the president in many ways serves as his own communications chief.

Shine, a former executive at Fox News, said in a statement that working in the Trump administration had been "the most rewarding experience my life". Others include Sean Spicer, Mike Dubke, Anthony Scaramucci, and Hope Hicks.

Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said that Shine's addition to the re-election campaign will make the campaign "stronger".

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"Recent reporting in the New Yorker on the inappropriate relationship between President Trump, his administration and Fox News has led me to conclude that the network is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates", he added in a statement to The Washington Post.

Shine's effectiveness inside the West Wing came with mixed results and it was unclear how much he was able to change the White House's communications strategy.

Earlier this week, the Trump campaign announced it was beefing up its communication team with more hires, Fox News noted in its coverage of Shine's exit.

There had been rumors over Shine's role. There has not been a White House press briefing since January 28. He continued to receive millions in severance and bonus payments from Fox News after leaving the network.

"Trump was very disappointed in him".

Trump praised Shine in a statement Friday for an "outstanding job", saying he looked forward to working with him on the campaign, where he expects him to be "totally involved". "He is a gifted communicator, strategic thinker, and brings a wealth of experience from cable news and the White House".

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