Trump communications director resigns: White House

Erika Holt
March 9, 2019

Shine served as assistant to the president and communications director, only the latest figure to hold that post. He served eight months and managed to keep a low-profile throughout his tenure in a White House full of personalities. Shine, who was will transition to a Trump 2020 re-election campaign role as adviser, though there were not specifics.

Shine, a former executive at Fox News, said in a statement that working in the Trump administration had been "the most rewarding experience my life".

That Trump soured on Shine - and that the campaign job is seen as a graceful exit plan for a man who helped build the conservative TV giant on which the President still heavily relies - is, in many ways, predictable. Baker, though, quoted part of Jane Mayer's piece which asserted "the President has been complaining that Shine hasn't been aggressive enough" and hasn't caused enough of a positive change in the White House's press coverage. "Thank you to Bill and his wonderful family!"

The president did not respond to questions shouted by reporters traveling with him Friday.

"Bill has been an asset of invaluable importance to this West Wing", Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said in a statement. "We will miss him in the White House, but look forward to working together on the 2020 Presidential Campaign, where he will be totally involved". Chemistry continued to fizzle in recent weeks, and Shine was absent at big moments, but his resignation still surprised his allies inside the WH, I am told.

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Shine reportedly will continue working within that chamber.

Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said that Shine's addition to the re-election campaign will make the campaign "stronger".

"He brought a tremendous amount of talent and expertise to the Administration".

"Bill has become a real friend and his generosity and his passion for our country will be sorely missed", Sanders said in a statement announcing the news.

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