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President Trump has hired Fox News executive Bill Shine to head up the his communications team, the White House said Thursday.

The White House said in a statement that Shine "brings over two decades of television programming, communications, and management experience to the role".

Shine resigned from Fox News network previous year amid controversy surrounding the late Roger Ailes. (Ailes died in 2017.) Shine has maintained his innocence and denied any wrongdoing throughout the allegations. But the fact that Trump views his presidency - and the world - through the decidedly distorted lens of Fox News isn't new. Shortly after, she filed her lawsuit. One plaintiff also claimed Shine demonstrated an obsession with race, NBC News reported past year, adding that Shine had denied all allegations against him.

The move will bolster the White House's messaging operation ahead of what is shaping up to be a fierce partisan battle over Trump's choice for a successor to retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, set to be unveiled next Monday.

Trump himself has been accused of sexual misconduct and assault by at least 16 women - and has been recorded bragging about such conduct. Klayman, a Trump supporter, says that Shine may have broken criminal law for his handling of allegations against Roger Ailes.

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.

Ailes was facing sexual harassment allegations, and one report said Fox and O'Reilly had paid out $13 million to settle harassment claims by five women.

He's a close friend of Fox personality Sean Hannity, a strong promoter of Trump. "Competent, hard working and a believer in making America great again!" Shine was a person of interest in a federal investigation into alleged payoffs made by Fox News to quiet Ailes' accusers.


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