21 people who have gone through the revolving door between Fox and the Trump administration

Hope Hicks.

caption
Hope Hicks.
source
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • President Donald Trump has an incredibly close relationship with Fox and certain Fox News hosts.
  • Since Trump took office, his administration has also hired over a dozen current and former Fox executives and contributors to serve in a wide range of roles.
  • And many former White House officials, including former communications director Hope Hicks and deputy press secretary Raj Shah, are now executives at Fox Corporation.
  • Here are 21 people who have worked both for Fox and have served in Trump’s administration.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

President Donald Trump has a well-documented love of Fox News, known to spend hours watching (and sometimes live-tweeting) Fox programming and even calling his favorite Fox hosts, like Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs, for advice.

Since Trump took office, his administration has also hired over a dozen current and former Fox News reporters and contributors to serve in both high-level cabinet and deputy chief of staff posts, as ambassadors, and in communications roles at federal agencies, according to an analysis by Matt Gertz, a senior fellow at the liberal media watchdog Media Matters.

Read more: ‘Is this shocking to you?’: Fox News anchor gives weary speech on the inevitable ‘thoughts and prayers’ after mass shootings

And some former administration officials – including Trump’s trusted former communications director Hope Hicks – have left the White House to work at Fox Corp., the parent company of Fox News, or like former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, have become on-air commentators.

Trump’s cozy relationship with the network has created a well-oiled revolving door between Fox and the Trump administration.

Here are 21 people who have worked both for Fox and have served in Trump’s administration.


Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be an on-air contributor to Fox News starting in September 2019.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Former White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah also followed in Hicks’ footsteps, taking a position as a Senior Vice President at Fox in July 2019.

caption
Raj Shah.
source
Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Source: CNN


Former White House communications director Hope Hicks is currently a senior public relations executive at Fox.


Former Trump Deputy campaign manager David Bossie is an on-air analyst at Fox.

Source: Fox News


Trump’s former acting ICE Director Thomas Homan became a Fox News contributor in June 2018.

Source: Fox News


For eight months, former Fox News executive Bill Shine worked as Trump’s deputy chief of staff for communications. He left the White House in March to join the Trump reelection campaign.

caption
White House Communication Director Bill Shine.
source
Alex Wong/Getty Images

Source:Business Insider


Former State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauret was a co-anchor of “Fox & Friends” before joining the Trump administration.

Source: Business Insider


Sebastian Gorka went from being a Fox News contributor to briefly holding a position in the White House from January to August of 2017, going back to Fox, and leaving Fox again in 2019 to join the Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

caption
Sebastian Gorka.
source
REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Trump’s Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has served as a Fox News contributor and a board member of News Corporation, which was previously Fox News’s parent company.

Source: Media Matters for America


Trump hired John Bolton — a former US ambassador to the UN and long-time Fox contributor — as his National Security Advisor in the spring of 2018.

caption
US National Security Adviser John Bolton.
source
Thomson Reuters

Source: New York Times


White House director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp also served as a Fox analyst before joining the administration.

Source: Media Matters for America


Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson also briefly served as a Fox Analyst before his 2016 presidential bid.

Source: Fox News


Former US Senator Scott Brown also served as an on-air analyst before Trump appointed him as Ambassador to New Zealand.

Source: ABC News


US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell also worked as a Fox contributor.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Another ambassador, Georgette Mosbacher, was a Fox contributor before being confirmed as the US ambassador to Poland in early 2018.

caption
US ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher.
source
Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Source: Media Matters


Anthony Scaramucci, who spent an infamous 10 days as White House communications director, was previously a Fox Business analyst and hosted “Wall Street Week” on the network.

caption
Anthony Scaramucci.
source
Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

Sources: New York Post, Business Insider


K.T. MacFarland went from being a Fox national security contributor to briefly working in the White House under former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. She has since left the Trump administration, and still occasionally appears on Fox Business.

Source: Fox Business, New Yorker


Treasury Department spokesman Tony Sayegh worked as a GOP strategist and a Fox News contributor before joining the administration.

Source: US Treasury Department


Former Fox journalist Lea Gabrielle currently serves as the State Department’s special envoy for the Global Engagement Center, which seeks to combat disinformation around the world.

caption
Lea Gabrielle.
source
Wikipedia creative commons.

Source: CNN


Morgan Ortagus, who appeared on Fox as a contributor after working on counterterrorism and international development issues under the Bush and Obama administrations, replaced Nauret as State Department spokeswoman in April 2019.

Source: Newsweek


Former Fox production assistant John McEntee worked as Trump’s body man during the campaign and the first year of his administration, but was reportedly fired in May 2018 after the Department of Homeland Security raised concerns about his gambling habits.

caption
President Trump’s personal aide John McEntee (L) and White House policy adviser Stephen Miller (R).
source
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Source: Washington Post

Read more:

Charlize Theron is the spitting image of Megyn Kelly in the new trailer for ‘Bombshell,’ the movie about the Fox News harassment scandal

Conservative media described immigration as an ‘invasion’ hundreds of times before the El Paso shooter echoed the same language

These are the most and least trusted news outlets in the US