WASHINGTON—White House Communications Director Bill Shine resigned Friday, less than a year after he assumed the role.
According to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, he will serve as a senior adviser on President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign.
“Serving President Trump and this country has been the most rewarding experience of my entire life. To be a small part of all this President has done for the American people has truly been an honor,” Shine said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to working on President Trump’s reelection campaign and spending more time with my family.”
Trump, who accepted Shine’s resignation Thursday night, praised Shine for an “outstanding job working for me and the Administration.”
“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,” Trump said in a statement. “Thank you to Bill and his wonderful family!”
Shine came to the White House from Fox News, where he was a longtime ally of the network’s head honcho Roger Ailes, who resigned in July 2016 amid sexual harassment claims from at least 11 women throughout his career. Ailes died May 18, 2017 at age 77.
After being named co-president in August 2016, Shine was out at Fox News the following May.
His resignation comes on the heels of an explosive New Yorker article highlighting overlap between Fox News personnel and the White House.
The report highlighted that Shine continued to collect money from a bonus he was promised at Fox News prior to leaving the administration.
He was spotted at the White House on Friday, where reporters overheard him asking to speak to Fox News’ White House Correspondent John Roberts.
Shine is the fourth person to serve as communications director since Trump assumed office.
Anthony Scaramucci also was poised to take the position, but stepped down before he officially assumed the role.