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Trump hiring former Fox News exec who was ousted over sex harassment as his new communications director

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Former Fox News Co-President Bill Shine

President Donald Trump is in the final stages of choosing the fifth person to serve as his White House communications director, Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts reported Wednesday.

“Former Fox News co-president Bill Shine is in final talks with DonaldTrump about becoming White House Communications Director,” Roberts tweeted. “Announcement could be soon.”

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Shine would replace Hope Hicks, who left the administration in March.

During the Trump administration, the position was also held by Sean Spicer twice, Mike Dubke and for ten days, by Anthony Scaramucci.

The move was confirmed by The New York Times, which reported, “the move has not been finalized, but two people familiar with the decision said it was likely to be announced and that the president had offered him the job.”

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Shine left Fox News in May of 2017 after women at the network reportedly circulated a petition demanding he be fired.

Shine reportedly told a female executive that the network’s pattern of sexual harassment was a “necessary evil.”

It was also reported at the time that Shine had attempted to have a female executive institutionalized against her will at a psychiatric hospital to prevent her going public with about sexual harassment by former Fox News boss Roger Ailes.

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“Officials at the White House are aware that they will face blowback for appointing someone so closely tied to Mr. Ailes and the culture of harassment toward women at Fox News,” The Times noted. “But they said Wednesday that they believe they can weather it.”

According to The Times, Kellyanne Conway declined the position and Mercedes Schlapp was not offered the job.

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‘Whiny orange baby’ Trump mocked for his panicked threat to scoop CBS on his own interview meltdown

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On Tuesday, following reports that President Donald Trump stormed out of a "60 Minutes" interview with Lesley Stahl for an unknown reason, the president tweeted that he is considering releasing footage ahead of CBS, to prevent reporters from spinning the "FAKE and BIASED" interview.

Commenters on social media laughed at the president for telegraphic his apparent fear over the content of the exchange.

Lay off the drugs man.

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Kayleigh McEnany ridiculed for Leslie Stahl stunt: ‘You people are so bad at this’

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany shared a tweet Tuesday with an image of her handing Lesley Stahl a book on President Donald J. Trump's accomplishments on health care. Kayleigh wrote, "She couldn't believe how HUGE it was and said, 'I can hardly lift this!!"

The reactions on social media rolled in from there.

https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/1318670969653858305?s=20

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— NostraDonny (@Nostradonny) October 20, 2020

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Trump threatens to post ‘60 Minutes’ video before CBS in panic over how how badly his interview went

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted that he is "considering" releasing footage from his "60 Minutes" interview with Lesley Stahl ahead of its broadcast time, "for the sake of accuracy in reporting."

I am pleased to inform you that, for the sake of accuracy in reporting, I am considering posting my interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, PRIOR TO AIRTIME! This will be done so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about...

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2020

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