Bill Shine, famed alleged enabler of sexual predators at Fox News and in the White House, is departing his position as Trump's communications strategist. He will remain on at the White House to work on Trump's re-election campaign, but insiders say the arrangement is largely intended to help the president save face.
White House press spokesmonster Sarah Sanders says Shine resigned.
JUST IN: Bill Shine has resigned his post as deputy WH chief of staff for communications, White House announces. He will serve as a senior adviser to Trump 2020 campaign: pic.twitter.com/cKqquIZ8yY
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) March 8, 2019
From the NYT Maggie Haberman account:
The White House sought to present Mr. Shine's resignation as amicable and issued statements in the name of the president and other White House officials praising him. But people close to the White House described the campaign job as a way to save face.
"Bill Shine has done an outstanding job working for me and the administration," Mr. Trump said in the 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. Thank you to Bill and his wonderful family!"
Mr. Shine, who held the title of deputy White House chief of staff, was the sixth person to accept the job to manage communications chief for this White House, a position that has been problematic in a presidency where Mr. Trump prefers to be his own chief spokesman and rarely sticks to a messaging plan that aides seek to establish. The White House gave no indication who will replace Mr. Shine.
Who says anyone will?
Here's what folks are saying.
One former Fox executive told The Daily Beast that Trump had complained in recent months about Shine's seeming inability to get more positive press coverage for his administration. "Trump loves a yes-man," the source said, "but he loves good press more." https://t.co/50qLDFG4z9
— Sam Stein (@samstein) March 8, 2019
Bill Shine lasted 22.3 Scaramuccis.
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) March 8, 2019
Everyone's best day with Donald Trump is their first one, and then the countdown clock immediately begins on their tenure with him. Bill Shine is latest example.He's being kept on campaign as what two people called a face-saving move. @peterbakernyt and me https://t.co/BaWoB3NGoc
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 8, 2019
Bill Shine resigning is a reminder that Pres. Trump has found the time to hire and remove *5 different communications directors,* but he has not gotten around to nominating…
Undersec. for Veterans' Health Care
21 ambassador posts
Key financial regulators
& many other posts..
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) March 8, 2019
Bill Shine is out, per the WSJ. pic.twitter.com/c1pxEtpbXT
— Joshua Holland ? (@JoshuaHol) March 8, 2019