Former Fox News co-president Bill Shine has reportedly been named deputy chief of staff in charge of communications for the Trump administration, a decision that came despite a swirl of disturbing allegations surrounding the former media mogul.
Shine stepped down from Fox News last year in wake of allegations that he enabled former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes’ alleged abuse of women at the network and retaliated against an on-air contributor for not backing Ailes when Gretchen Carlson accused him of trying to solicit sex from her in return for her job. But according to CNN, Fox News host Sean Hannity — a friend of President Trump’s — has been pushing for Shine to take on the role of White House communications director for several months. The endorsement eventually paid off. While Shine is expected to serve as deputy chief of staff for the department, the position of communications director will reportedly continue to remain vacant — as it has since the former director, Hope Hicks, left the administration in March.
According to The New York Times, White House officials are prepared to “face blowback” in wake of Shine’s appointment, but expect that they can “weather” any and all controversy. Trump, who himself has been accused of sexual misconduct and assault by numerous women, has not been shy about hiring or advocating for alleged abusers of women in the past. Trump openly defended ousted staff secretary Rob Porter after it was revealed that two of his ex-wives had made credible accusations of physical abuse against him, and proudly supported alleged child molester Roy Moore during his failed bid for the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama.