Trump's New Communications Chief Is Former Fox News Exec

Bill Shine to take role left vacant by Hope Hicks
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2018 12:55 PM CDT
Trump's New Communications Chief Is Former Fox News Exec
In this April 24, 2017, file photo, then-Fox News co-president Bill Shine, right, leaves a New York restaurant.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

President Trump has chosen his fifth communications chief: former Fox News co-president Bill Shine, who will take over a post left empty by Hope Hicks's March departure. Anthony Scaramucci, Sean Spicer, and Michael Dubke previously held the position. The AP quotes the White House as saying Shine "brings over two decades of television programming, communications, and management experience" to the position, which will be titled assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for communications. The AP reports Shine began appearing at the White House on Monday, and Axios reports he'll head to Montana with Trump for Thursday night's rally.

Fox News announced Shine's departure in May 2017, with NPR reporting that while Shine was never the subject of any of the sexual harassment claims that hit the network, he was accused of being aware of the misconduct. CNBC notes Shine had been at Fox News since its founding more than two decades ago. Politico's take on the hire: "The addition of Shine further solidifies Fox News’ relationship with the White House and also brings into the West Wing a target of the 'Me Too' movement who could draw further attention to accusations by women against Trump." (Read more President Trump stories.)

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