Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Trump Names Former Fox Executive Bill Shine for Communications Job

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Melinda Barton | 08 July, 2018, 23:21

Shine had recently been seen at the White House and has previously met with President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

President Donald Trump named former Fox News executive Bill Shine as deputy chief of staff for communications, the White House announced Thursday.

Shine was at the White House last Wednesda, and brings over two decades of experience to the role. Later that year, Ailes resigned, and Shine was promoted to co-president. But much like his mentor and patron, Ailes, Shine's long tenure was clouded by unsavory allegations and associations with darker chapters in the network's history.

Larry Klayman, a former U.S. Justice Department prosecutor who filed dozens of lawsuits against the Clinton administration and founder of Judicial Watch, has asked federal and NY prosecutors to look into Shine's activities during his time at Fox News.

Shine was a key deputy of powerful Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. Her story prompted a wave of other female Fox News employees to come forward with their own allegations of sexual misconduct.

Shine's imminent hiring was reported last week.

Trump press secretary Sarah Sanders most often publicly answers reporters' questions about the president's actions and policies, in daily news briefings that often become contentious.

The communications arm is now in Supreme Court nominee mode, with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying last week that Raj Shah is taking leave from his role as Principal Deputy Press Secretary to work on the SCOTUS nomination full time.

In a statement about Shine's appointment as deputy chief of staff for communications, a role that was vacated when Hope Hicks suddenly resigned earlier this year, the White House said the following.

USA media has reported Fox News forced Shine to resign in May 2017 for his handling of the sexual harassment scandal involving Ailes.

Yes, Shine is a close confidante of Sean Hannity, the Fox News Channel host and the most powerful informal adviser to Trump. Darla Shine's Twitter account was deleted Thursday afternoon, but HuffPost reviewed several disparaging tweets against Carlson and former host Megyn Kelly.