Monday 18 December 2017

Trump 'given daily dossier of positive news, admiring Tweets and powerful-looking pictures of himself'

US President Donald Trump
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Donald Trump has reportedly been given a dossier of positive news coverage about himself twice a day since entering the White House.

Consisting of about 20-25 pages, the packet is filled with screenshots of positive cable news headlines, admiring tweets, transcripts of positive TV interviews, praise-filled news stories, and sometimes just pictures of the president on TV looking powerful, Vice News reported, citing White House sources.

The folder is said to be compiled from the clippings that are sent to the White House from the Republican National Committee’s “war room,” which monitors local and national news, cable television, social media, digital media, and print media.

Vice reported that the idea came from Reince Priebus, who was chief of staff until his recent ousting, and Sean Spicer, who resigned as White House press secretary last month.

Both were reportedly eager to deliver the package, which became known by some in the White House as “the propaganda document”, the news website quoted an official as saying.

“Priebus and Spicer weren’t in a good position, and they wanted to show they could provide positive coverage,” the official said. “It was self-preservation.”

Mr Spicer disputed the nature of the dossier. “While I won’t comment on materials we share with the president, this is not accurate on several levels,” he told Vice, without elaborating.

Now that Mr Spicer and Mr Priebus have departed, the officials say the folder has been produced less frequently.

Reince Priebus (AP)
Reince Priebus (AP)

While Mr Trump has often railed at "fake news", usually targeting the New York Times or CNN, he has regularly tweeted reports that praise him.

In a bid to promote positive news,  Team Trump is now producing what it is billing as the "Real News."

The first "Real News" video appeared a little over a week ago on Mr Trump's Facebook page and featured the president's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, who is married to his son Eric.

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer Photo: JIM WATSON,MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer Photo: JIM WATSON,MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

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