Bill Shine joins White House as communications director

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"While certainly disturbing, Fox News' Bill Shine is an unsurprising pick for the Trump White House".

The Trump administration announced on Thursday that Shine, who was pushed out of his role at Fox News in 2017 over his poor handling of sexual harassment claims, was named President Donald Trump's deputy chief of staff for communications.

But with Shine's Fox News experience comes controversy, as he served as an executive during the network's sexual harassment scandal.

Trump named Shine to be assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for communications, a job that has been vacant since Hope Hicks, the president's campaign confidante, left in February, the White House said in a statement. Her position remains unfilled. One plaintiff also claimed Shine demonstrated an obsession with race, NBC News reported a year ago, adding that Shine had denied all allegations against him.

But he has had a string of communications directors, all of whom left his White House; some were dismissed, while others left to pursue other jobs. And he was seen at the White House earlier this week.

Several prominent media figures were also quick to point out Shine's checkered history in the public eye.

Shine has denied any wrongdoing.

Fox News settled with Roginsky in December for an unspecified amount. The group said the "Trump White House has been a revolving door of sexual abusers and their enablers". His expected hiring had reported last week.

Trump press secretary Sarah Sanders most often publicly answers reporters' questions about the president's actions and policies, in daily news briefings that often become contentious. Shine was a person of interest in a federal investigation into alleged payoffs made by Fox News to quiet Ailes' accusers. Thursday afternoon. "Competent, hard working and a believer in making America great again!"

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