White House communications director Bill Shine resigns

The White House announced Friday that communications director Bill Shine has resigned.

The news comes days after a New Yorker report detailing Fox News’ close relationship with the Trump White House. Shine was a Fox News executive prior to being pushed out for his handling of a number of sexual harassment lawsuits at the network. He was named to the White House position in July 2018.

In a statement, Shine said he looked forward to “working on President Trump’s reelection campaign and spending more time with my family.”

“Bill Shine has done an outstanding job working for me and the administration,” said President Trump in a 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!”

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Fox News President Bill Shine departs after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 21, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Bill Shine attends The Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People In Media 2017 at The Pool on April 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Bill Shine attends The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People In Media 2017 on April 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Economist Nouriel Roubini, anchorwoman Trish Regan, and Bill Shine attend the book party for Bremmer's book, 'Superpower: Three Choices For America's Role In The World' on May 12, 2015 at DBGB Kitchen in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for TIME)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Bill Shine attends The Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People In Media 2017 at The Pool on April 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) John Finley of Fox News, Senior Vice President, Programming & Development, Fox News Suzanne Scott, Model Carol Alt and Executive Vice President of Programming of FOX News Bill Shine attends the 'A Healthy You & Carol Alt' party at Pure Food and Wine on April 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Shine was a 20-year veteran of Fox News, serving as news director and then briefly co-president before resigning in 2017. While Shine was never accused of harassment directly, he was named in a number of lawsuits as being complicit in promoting a workplace culture of covering up sexual harassment and both paying off and intimidating victims. Following the New Yorker report, the Democratic National Committee announced it would no longer be holding any primary debates on the network.

Shine’s wife, Darla, was at the center of an anti-vaccine controversy in February when she promoted a pro-measles position on Twitter and incorrectly insisted contracting measles is good for your health and helps prevent cancer.

“The entire Baby Boom population alive today had the #Measles as kids,” wrote Darla Shine. “Bring back our #ChildhoodDiseases they keep you healthy & fight cancer.”

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