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NY Times‘ Peter Baker: Bill Shine Lacked Chemistry With Trump, Campaign Job a ‘Face-Saving Gesture’

On Friday, New York Times reporter and White House correspondent Peter Baker said Bill Shine‘s departure from the White House comes at a time when his relationship with President Donald Trump was less-than-harmonious.

Baker joined Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC to break down Shine’s abrupt decision to step down as White House communications director and take up a role in the Trump 2020 re-election campaign.

Baker largely downplayed The New Yorker‘s examination relationship between Trump and Fox News as a major reason for Shine’s departure — although Baker did say that Trump does care about being seen as “too close to Fox.” Baker, though, quoted part of Jane Mayer‘s piece which asserted “the President has been complaining that Shine hasn’t been aggressive enough” and hasn’t caused enough of a positive change in the White House’s press coverage.

The Times correspondent also said that, in retrospect, the writing was on the wall.

“I think there had been in recent weeks, signs of discomfort on his part, that there was a lack of chemistry with Bill Shine,” Baker said. “He’s got this campaign job now that he’ll go to, but that’s seen by some people close to the White House as kind of a face-saving gesture.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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