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FILE - In this April 24, 2017, file photo, then-Fox News co-president Bill Shine, right, leaves a New York restaurant. President Donald Trump is expected to name Shine as director of White House press and communications. That's according to a person familiar with Trump's thinking, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the president's plans. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Trump taps Bill Shine as deputy chief of staff


WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Fox News executive Bill Shine is officially joining the White House.

President Donald Trump is announcing Shine, the former co-president of the president's preferred television channel, as his deputy chief of staff for communications. His expected hiring had reported last week.

The White House says Shine "brings over two decades of television programming, communications, and management experience to the role."

His hiring comes as Trump is increasingly putting his stamp on the West Wing, as aides with more traditional experience leave the administration. Friday marks the last day for Joe Hagin, the veteran deputy chief of staff for operations.

Shine's arrival comes amid Trump's frustration with his news coverage heading into a contentious midterm election and the 2020 campaign.

Shine has been spotted in the White House since Monday.

White House statement on Bill Shine

Trump has effectively been serving as his own communications director since the departure of Hope Hicks several months ago.

Shine's name had been floated for months as a potential White House hire. He and the president have been in talks over the last month, and he was interviewed several times for the post, according to two people briefed on the discussions. All spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the unannounced plans.

Shine was never accused of direct wrongdoing but resigned from Fox last year amid allegations that also led to the departures of CEO Roger Ailes and Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly.

The longtime Ailes lieutenant was considered vulnerable because of claims that he looked the other way as charges of toxic workplace behavior piled up. He'd been named co-president with Jack Abernethy upon Ailes' departure.

Shine is close with another Fox News host, Sean Hannity, a close friend of the president's.

Shine did not return messages seeking comment.

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