Major Player Departs the White House
Shine tendered his resignation to seemingly devote his full attention to the president's re-election campaign. (The Daily Caller)
“Assistant to the President and Communications Director, Bill Shine offered his resignation to the President yesterday evening, and the President accepted,” the White House said. “Bill continues to support President Trump and his agenda and will serve as Senior Advisor to the 2020 re-election campaign.”
Shine released a statement indicating he still supports the president but did not explain his decision to resign from the top communications post in the administration.
Insider sources speaking on the condition of anonymity said Trump blamed Shine for not helping him garner more favorable media coverage in recent weeks and that their relationship had steadily deteriorated.
Shine, a former Fox News executive, joined the White House last August, filling the role left empty by former Communications Director Hope Hicks.
The president in no small part named Shine to his position because of his decades of experience at the Fox News Channel and expected his coverage to shift significantly with his appointment.