Trump names ex-Fox News executive to communications job

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Trump names ex-Fox News executive to communications job

Veteran Fox News executive Bill Shine is President Trump's new right-hand-man for White House communications.

Gretchen Carlson is not happy about former Fox News co-president Bill Shine's new White House job, highlighting that the news comes around the second anniversary of her harassment lawsuit against the network.

Look. It is the week of the Fourth of July.

Shine's hiring was the latest staff change in a White House marked by a series of shakeups.

Fox News later settled with Carlson and issued an apology. Shine was ousted in May 2017.

Bill Shine departs after a meeting with Donald Trump, the then-US President-elect, at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, November 21, 2016.

Shine resigned from Fox News network past year amid controversy surrounding the late Roger Ailes. Since leaving Fox, Carlson has become an outspoken anti-sexual harassment advocate. "Life. works in mysterious ways". And he was seen at the White House earlier this week. But much like his mentor and patron, Ailes, Shine's long tenure was clouded by unsavory allegations and associations with darker chapters in the network's history. During the 2016 campaign, Trump denied all of the allegations and insisted they were attacks driven by his political opponents. "Competent, hard working and a believer in making America great again!" he wrote on Twitter.

One of the president's sons, Donald Trump, Jr., predicted the criticism in a tweet on Thursday afternoon.

Thursday's White House statement about the appointment highlighted Shine's past experience with Fox News.

Carlson declined through a spokeswoman to comment further on Shine's new role.

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

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