- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 5, 2018

President Trump announced Thursday he’s hiring former Fox News executive Bill Shine to become White House deputy chief of staff overseeing communications.

“He brings over two decades of television programming, communications, and management experience to the role,” the White House said in a statement.

Previously, Mr. Shine worked as co-president of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. He left last year under criticism for his handling of sexual harassment cases at the network.

Mr. Shine is close to Fox News host Sean Hannity, one of Mr. Trump’s most loyal defenders who confers with the president regularly.

The appointment of Mr. Shine, who will also have the title of assistant to the president, fills an expanded post left vacant by the departure of Communications Director Hope Hicks in March. He is also joining the White House team as Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin prepares to depart.

Mr. Shine is expected to travel with the president Thursday aboard Air Force One to a rally in Montana for Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale.

The National Women’s Law Center criticized the appointment.

“It’s an appalling decision — but it shouldn’t be a surprise — that President Trump has rewarded Bill Shine’s abysmal record of enabling and concealing sexual harassment,” said Fatima Goss Graves, the group’s president and CEO. “The president’s choice runs counter to widespread efforts to address and prevent sexual harassment at this moment of reckoning. This country deserves better.”

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