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

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesHope Hicks.
  • 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.
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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 favourite 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.


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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 cosy 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.

AP Photo/Manuel Balce CenetaFormer White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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.

Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesRaj Shah.

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.

AP/Rainier EhrhardtDonald Trump and David Bossie.

Source: Fox News


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

Associated Press/Evan VucciFormer acting ICE Director Thomas Homan

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.

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesWhite House Communication Director Bill Shine.

Source:Business Insider


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

Associated Press/Alex BrandonState Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

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.

REUTERS/Mary F. CalvertSebastian Gorka.

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.

Jose Luis Magana/APTransportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

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.

Source: New York Times


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

Susan Walsh/AP ImagesMercedes Schlapp

Source: Media Matters for America


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

AP Photo/Matt RourkeHousing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.

Source: Fox News


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

AP Photo/Nick PerryScott Brown, the US ambassador in New Zealand.

Source: ABC News


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

Michael Sohn/APUS Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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

Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesUS ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher.

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.

Hollis Johnson/Business InsiderAnthony Scaramucci.

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.

Associated Press/Angel ChevresttKathleen Troia ‘KT’ McFarland.

Source: Fox Business, New Yorker


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

AP Photo/Gustavo GarelloUS Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, and U.S. Assistant Secretary Tony Sayegh.

Source: US Treasury Department


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

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.

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez MonsivaisState Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus

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.

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

Source: Washington Post

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