U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday named former Fox News executive Bill Shine to a key administration communications post, the White House said in a statement. He brings over two decades of television programming, communications, and management experience to the role.
Shine, born in 1963, was promoted to co-president of Fox News, Trump's preferred television channel, in 2016 but was removed previous year for his handling of a sexual harassment scandal involving Roger Ailes, the network's former chairman and CEO.
Shine will work as an assistant to the president and as deputy chief of staff for communications. Her position remains unfilled.
The role, which as been vacant since Hope Hicks - the longest-lasting one (225 days) - stepped down as White House Communications Director on March 29.
Getchen Carlson, the journalist who filed the first lawsuit against Ailes, also criticized the Trump administration for hiring Shine. Mr. Shine has been accused over and over again of covering up for accused harassers Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly and others, while the women were driven out of the industry entirely.
Angelo Carusone, president of the left-leaning group Media Matters for America, said in a statement that it was "no surprise that the White House selected someone who has Sean Hannity's personal seal of approval". Shine has consistently denied wrongdoing. Shine was ousted from the network a year ago and has denied the allegations against him.
Trump, who often tweets about things he sees and hears on Fox, is often his own top spokesman, offering comments on the day's big and small issues.
Some of Trump's loudest supporters have urged him to not to appoint Shine. Shine was a person of interest in a federal investigation into alleged payoffs made by Fox News to quiet Ailes' accusers.
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