Ex-Fox News exec leaves White House
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.