President Donald Trump reportedly thought he was getting a version of Sean Hannity when he hired former Fox News executive Bill Shine — and was frustrated when he learned that wasn’t the case.
Vanity Fair‘s Gabriel Sherman reported that Shine was “iced out” after he failed to produce the same ratings as the bombastic Fox personality he used to produce.
“The relationship was always Hannity based,” a former West Wing official told Sherman. “When Trump hired him it was like he thought, ‘I’m getting Hannity.’ I’m like, no you’re getting the guy who produced Hannity.”
The president reportedly put the former Fox News exec in the White House press shop “to plug leaks and improve his image” — and Shine “accomplished neither.”
According to another former West Wing official, “Trump needs someone to blame for his bad press.”
Read the entire report via Vanity Fair.