Bill Shine abruptly resigns as White House communications chief

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A former president of Fox News is leaving his high-profile communications job in the Trump administration.

Sanders said that Shine offered his resignation to Trump on Thursday evening, and Trump accepted.

The reporting quickly confirmed this reading-between-the-lines.

Shine served as assistant to the president and communications director, only the latest figure to hold that post. Shine was a co-president at Fox News and was seen as part of the Fox News-Trump White House echo chamber.

"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".

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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. Trump has always been said to view himself as his own best advocate, and he consistently directs his own communications agenda (I won't use the word "strategy") from his Twitter account.

"He is a gifted communicator, strategic thinker, and brings a wealth of experience from cable news and the White House". Trump apparently blamed Shine for relentlessly negative coverage in the media, according to the newspaper.

The two men had a number of disagreements in recent weeks, said aides, who were granted anonymity to speak freely. 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". "It is a big loss for the White House, but a huge gain for the President's re-election campaign".

The announcement was made as President Trump visits tornado damage in Alabama.

"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.