Ex-Fox News exec leaves White House

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WASH­ING­TON – Se­nior White House aide Bill Shine, a for­mer ex­ec­u­tive at Fox News, has re­signed from his po­si­tion after eight months amid Pres­i­dent Trump’s deep­en­ing frus­tra­tion over neg­a­tive news cov­er­age of his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Trump had lost con­fi­dence in Shine in re­cent weeks, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter.

The White House has been bat­tered by pub­lic tes­ti­mony from the pres­i­dent’s for­mer lawyer, Michael Co­hen, and the high-pro­file col­lapse of a sum­mit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

But the de­par­ture of Shine, the White House deputy chief of staff for com­mu­ni­ca­tions, was also re­lated to a pend­ing pay­ment from Fox News as part of his sev­er­ance pack­age, ac­cord­ing to two peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter.

The White House re­cently put out an ur­gent call to Trump’s cam­paign to find a po­si­tion for Shine in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the pay­ment.

Shine left Fox in 2017 after be­ing forced out of his po­si­tion as co-pres­i­dent over his han­dling of sex­ual ha­rass­ment scan­dals.

He has dis­closed sev­er­ance pay­ments from the com­pany of more than $15 mil­lion.

The White House is not ac­tively search­ing for a re­place­ment for Shine, two peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter said.

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