Apparently, President Donald Trump gets a dose of hero-worship to puff up his already over-inflated ego twice a day.
Since the 45th president assumed office, a special folder, consisting of 20 to 25 pages of “sensitive” information is prepared for Trump. According to Vice, the first document is prepared around 9:30 a.m. while the second one is prepared around 4:30 p.m.
However, these papers do not contain top-priority, top-secret intelligence — instead they are filled with screenshots of positive news chyrons about Trump, tweets from the president’s admirers, transcripts of fawning interviews and stories filled with praise for the president. If the team is unable to get enough positive information, the just include photos of Trump looking powerful on TV, White House officials reportedly described to Vice.
The only feedback these documents have ever gotten from Trump is “it needs to be more f***ing positive.” Hence, some White House denizens dubbed it “the propaganda document.”
The process of creating the dossier begins at the Republican National Committee’s “war room” — a group that is tasked with monitoring local and international news, digital media and print media to analyze how the party, its candidate and their opponents are being perceived by the world at large.
Starting at 6 a.m. every morning, three White House staffers arrive at the RNC to monitor TV shows like Fox News (obviously), CNN and MSNBC and pour over newspapers and the internet. After every 30 minutes, the staffers send emails of the news to the White House Communications Office, who in return, push favorable headlines to a list of journalists.
This is not surprising in itself as every White House monitors media coverage and former President Barack Obama appointed around four people to watch out for relevant news and sent them to the White House aides.
However, since Trump became president, the number of such staffers has expanded to 10 and the creation of folder filled with only positive news of the president — while using the RNC to produce it — is laughable to some former White House officials.
“If we had prepared such a digest for Obama, he would have roared with laughter,” said David Axelrod, the senior adviser to Obama during his first two years of presidency. “His was a reality-based presidency.”
Previously, the two pieces of papers were fought over by former press secretary Sean Spicer and former chief of staff Reince Priebus, who both wanted the honor of hand-delivering them to the POTUS, stated a White House source.
In the weeks since the two Trump minions left the White House, the documents have been produced with less frequency and are now generally created after public events, like Trump’s speeches and rallies.
This isn’t the first recorded instance in which Trump has welcomed flattery.
The president frequently praises TV shows and their hosts, including the people of “Fox & Friends” and Sean Hannity, who look upon his presidency favorably.
Thank you to @LOUDOBBS for giving the first six months of the Trump Administration an A+. S.C.,reg cutting,Stock M, jobs,border etc. = TRUE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2017
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