Bill Shine abruptly resigns as White House communications chief

Bill Shine abruptly resigns as White House communications chief

A statement from the White House said that Mr Shine would move into a role with Mr Trump's reelection campaign and gave no reason for the switch.

While the split appeared amicable, with Shine going on to work for Trump's campaign, several reports said that the White House communications director had not been meeting the president's expectations.

Shine called his eight-month stint in the White House "the most rewarding experience of my entire life". Trump's decision to hire Shine in the first place "was seen as emblematic" of the president's close ties to Fox, per the New York Times.

"To be a small part of all this president has done for the American people has truly been an honor", Shine said in his statement. Trump reportedly criticized Shine's proposal at a luncheon with television broadcasters, telling them that a border visit was "not going to change a damn thing".

His resignation comes as accusations mount over Trump's closeness to the network, whose prime time star anchor Sean Hannity served as an informal advisor to the then-candiadate during the 2016 election campaign. Shine's role was featured in a New Yorker story this week highlighting the close relationship with Fox News.

The former Fox News bigwig offered his resignation to Trump Thursday night and it was accepted.

Shine served as assistant to the president and communications director, only the latest figure to hold that post. The veteran Fox News exec, who rose to co-president of the news network when Roger Ailes got the hook, left within a year of that promotion.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Ivanka Trump noted that Friday was International Women's Day and stressed the initiative was "working towards our goal of economically empowering 50 million women in developing countries by 2025". "Thank you to Bill and his wonderful family!"

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