White Home Communications Director Bill Shine resigned from his place Thursday and can function a “senior adviser” on President Trump’s 2020 re-election marketing campaign.
“Serving President Trump and this country has been the most rewarding experience of my entire life,” Shine mentioned 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 re-election campaign and spending more time with my family.”
Trump echoed Shine’s feedback in his personal assertion.
“Bill Shine has done an outstanding job working for me and the administration,” Trump mentioned. “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, who was formerly the co-president of Fox News, joined the White Home employees solely eight months in the past. Given Trump’s already cozy relationship with Fox on the time, Shine’s appointment was seen as an emblem of the often-criticized ties between the information group and the president.
These criticisms solely deepened after The New Yorker’s bombshell Mar. 4 exposé of that relationship. The report alleges that Shine intimidated girls who got here ahead with claims of sexual harassment into silence, and would scale back their air time or finish their contracts as retribution. One former govt reportedly mentioned that “Shine would talk to the woman with a velvet glove, saying, ‘Don’t worry about it’—and, if that didn’t work, he’d warn her it would ruin her career.”
Final yr, he stepped down from his function at Fox after being accused of enabling a tradition of sexual harassment on the community. He was additionally identified to be an in depth ally of late Fox Information founder Roger Ailes. One former Fox & Buddies host informed The New Yorker that “[Ailes] would wake up in the morning with some bee in his bonnet, spout it off to Bill Shine, and Shine would tell us to put it on TV.”
It’s unclear how giant of a job Shine may have on the upcoming marketing campaign. The White Home mentioned he’ll function a “senior adviser.”