A former Fox News executive who was close to Roger Ailes has reportedly accepted a senior White House position. CNN cites a source with knowledge of the situation saying Bill Shine, the former co-president of Fox News, has accepted a post.
The White House has not announced Shine’s hiring. Other reports have said Shine was expected to become the White House communications director, but the CNN report suggests otherwise.
“While the details of his hiring are still being finalized, he is not expected to become the communications director — a position he discussed at length with President Donald Trump at least twice in the past that has been left vacant since Hope Hicks left the White House in March,” CNN reports. “Instead, Shine will likely become the deputy chief of staff in charge of communications.”
Other media reports have said Shine did accept the job of deputy chief of staff for communications, with a formal White House announcement expected by the end of this week.
The CNN report adds: “Shine stepped down as co-president of Fox News last year after he was criticized for the way he handled sexual harassment claims at the network. Though he and Trump are not personally close, they know each other well, a source familiar with their relationship told CNN. Shine is, however, good friends with Sean Hannity, the Fox News prime-time host who speaks with Trump frequently. They often attend events together and have known each other for more than two decades.
“A person familiar with the matter told CNN that Hannity had been pushing Shine for the position of White House communications director behind the scenes ‘big time’ over the last several months.”