White House communications director Bill Shine has resigned his post, according to The New York Times.
The former Fox News executive joined the Trump administration last summer and will now move to President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign as a senior adviser, the White House said on Friday.
In a statement, the president said Shine will missed but “will be totally involved” with his 2020 campaign:
“Bill Shine has done 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. Thank you to Bill and his wonderful family!”
Shine was the Trump administration’s fifth communications director, NBC News noted, following Sean Spicer, Mike Dubke, Spicer again, Anthony Scaramucci and Hope Hicks.
His resignation comes after a January report in The New York Times that Trump “had become frustrated with the negative press coverage he'd been getting during Shine's tenure,” according to NBC News.
A White House official told the network that "the president believes he's his own best communicator,” and no replacement for Shine was immediately named.
The resignation also comes just days after a report in The New Yorker detailing the unusually close relationship with Fox News and the Trump administration.
NBC News said Fox “is still paying out Shine's multimillion-dollar contract, including the $8.4 million severance payment he got from the network.
As an executive at the network, Shine allegedly assisted former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes cover-up sexual harassment within the company. Shine resigned from Fox in 2017.