White House deputy chief of staff for communications Bill Shine has resigned. The former Fox News co-president will join Trump’s re-election campaign as a senior advisor, the White House announced today.
Shine has been on the White House staff since July 2018. He left Fox in 2017 following a sexual harassment scandal that resulted in both Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes leaving the network. Though Shine was never accused of sexual harassment himself, there were claims by several Fox employees and execs that he ignored complaints about Ailes and O’Reilly.
His presence on the White House staff was seen as an indicator of the close relationship between Trump and Fox News.
The Trump campaign has been staffing up in the past few weeks, bringing on communications director Tim Murtaugh, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and strategic communications director Marc Lotter.
“Bill Shine has done an outstanding job working for me and the administration,” Trump said in a statement, adding that Shine will be “totally involved” in his 2020 campaign.