White House Mistakes Satirical Story On Trump's Budget For Praise

The White House mistook a Washington Post column for "real news" despite several signs that the story wasn't meant as praise.

It may sound like a joke, but President Donald Trump's White House included a satirical story on the president's first budget on its “1600 Daily,” a briefing page carrying news, events, and updates as well as links to news stories that generally paint the administration in a favorable light.

Do press secretary Sean Spicer and his team ever read these articles before blindly sharing them? One can only wonder.

The story claimed that Trump's first budget “makes perfect sense.”

The story titled “Trump’s budget makes perfect sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why,” was published in The Washington Post on March 16. In the piece, author Alexandra Petri says that the president's plan will fix America by making the country “a lean, mean fighting machine with bulging, rippling muscles and not an ounce of fat.”

When listing which programs and departments the budget proposes to cut, Petri mentions the Chemical Safety Board, adding that giving us more “CHEMICAL DANGER” is good because it “sounds way more metal.”

Throughout the story, the columnist makes references to Trump's rhetoric by adding sentences in full caps. She even calls those who think they won't survive through this budget “SOFT and WEAK, something this budget is designed to eliminate.”

When discussing the 29 percent State Department cut, the columnist adds:

“With the money we will save on these sad public servants, we will be able to buy lots of GUNS and F-35s and other cool things that go BOOM and POW and PEW PEW PEW.”

Ending with the words “RAW POWER! HARD RAW POWER GGRRRRRR HISSS POW,” the article also states that the budget “will be great.”

Despite all of these not-so-subtle signs of satire, the link was added to the 1600 Daily on March 17. While the link was removed shortly after, Petri took screenshots of the mistake, she wrote on Philly.com.

Writing about the hilarious misstep, the columnist said that the staff either “read it and loved it,” or they simply shared it because they liked the headline.

She also took the opportunity to take a stab at Trump's reliance on alternative news sites:

"I was as surprised as anyone to discover that I was Real News. Here I thought that I was toiling away in the Dank Cesspool of the Mainstream Media, but all along I was a Trusted News Source, just like Breitbart.com! I just needed to BELIEVE in myself more."


We wonder if the president will respond to her on Twitter anytime soon.

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