Why Donald Trump hiring Bill Shine should be a much bigger deal

Cheryl Sanders
July 8, 2018

Shine had been with Fox News since its inception more than 20 years earlier.

President Donald Trump officially announced Thursday that former Fox News co-president and Roger Ailes ally Bill Shine has joined the White House communications department as assistant to the President and deputy chief of staff.

"[Shine] brings over two decades of television programming, communications, and management experience to the role".

Previously, Mr. Shine worked as co-president of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

Longtime Trump aide Hope Hicks left the deputy chief of staff for communications position in March and the role has been open for three months.

At Fox News, Shine started at the Hannity and Colmes show.

She had replaced Anthony Scaramucci, whose short-lived but memorable stint as White House communications director came to an end after he gave an expletive-filled interview to The New Yorker. Shortly after, she filed her lawsuit. His expected hiring had reported last week.

For decades, the daily "message" was Ailes' job at Fox, and Shine was his dutiful lieutenant.

Trump, who often tweets about things he sees and hears on Fox, is often his own top spokesman, offering comments on the day's big and small issues. The group said the "Trump White House has been a revolving door of sexual abusers and their enablers".

Shine has denied any wrongdoing.

Shine resigned in May 2017 amid criticism over how he handled sexual harassment allegations made by network employees against Ailes and others.

Donald Trump Jr., the president's son, celebrated Shine's appointment. "(Through a Fox News spokesperson, Shine denies this.) He's now a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed this week by former Fox host Andrea Tantaros". "Competent, hard working and a believer in making America great again!" he wrote on Twitter.

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