‘If we had prepared such a digest for Obama, he would have roared with laughter’
That’s how some White House sources describe a “special” folder President Donald Trump receives from one lucky staffer twice a day, according to Vice News.
Of course, it’s not filled with top-secret intel. After all, Trump admits he doesn’t read those briefings. No, these updates are something altogether different.
Vice News cited three current and former White House officials who say the folders contain 20 to 25 pages of “screenshots of positive cable news chyrons... admiring tweets, transcripts of fawning TV interviews, praise-filled news stories, and sometimes just pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful.”
The role of delivery boy was supposedly coveted by former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former press secretary Sean Spicer, who both wanted the privilege, the White House sources claimed.
The only feedback the communications team, which puts together the folder, has received for their efforts: “It needs to be more fucking positive.”
“Beginning at 6 a.m. every weekday — the early start is a longtime war room tradition — three staffers arrive at the RNC to begin monitoring the morning shows on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News as they scour the internet and newspapers. Every 30 minutes or so, the staffers send the White House Communications Office an email with chyron screenshots, tweets, news stories, and interview transcripts.”
Some of the clips get sent to journalists, while the most positive get collected for the president. Vice added that on the days there isn’t enough positivity to pass along, staffers begin asking the RNC for flattering photos of the president.
“Maybe it’s good for the country that the president is in a good mood in the morning,” one former RNC official told Vice.
To be fair, Trump’s not alone in his desire to keep up to date on the newsflow. The White House historically monitors the media to see how they’re being covered.
“If we had prepared such a digest for Obama, he would have roared with laughter,” David Axelrod, a senior adviser to Barack Obama during his first two years in office, told Vice. “His was a reality-based presidency.”