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Bill Shine, Trump's 5th White House communications director, has resigned

White House Communications Director Bill Shine has resigned.

The White House said on Friday that Shine has offered his resignation but that he will continue to serve as a senior adviser on Trump's re-election campaign. "Serving President Trump and this country has been the most rewarding experience of my entire life," Shine said. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Shine has been "a great leader" and "a real friend."

No reason was given for Shine's resignation, but The New York Times' Katie Rogers reports that he "wasn't getting the results [Trump] expected" and that their "chemistry continued to fizzle in recent weeks," although his resignation reportedly "still surprised his allies inside the [White House]." White House reporters also noticed that Shine unexpectedly dropped out of plans to travel with Trump to Vietnam for a meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un last week.

This announcement comes just over eight months after Shine's hiring. He was the fifth person to serve as White House communications director under President Trump after Sean Spicer, Mike Dubke, Anthony Scaramucci, and Hope Hicks. President Obama had five communications directors during his entire time in office. Shine offered his resignation on Thursday night, said the White House, and Trump "accepted."