Trump Gets A Folder Filled With Positive Tweets And Photos Of Himself 'Looking Powerful' Every Day
According to Vice News, Donald Trump, the current President of the United States, receives a folder filled with positive news and tweets about himself twice a day. Curiously named the ‘propaganda document’, the folder also contains images, in which Trump is depicted looking particularly ‘powerful’ on TV.
Everyday, at the times of 9.30am and 4.30pm, this folder, often consisting of up to 25 pages, is delivered to the president personally.
The document is usually prepared by the White House communications shop, and the only feedback that they’ve ever gotten back about it is that “it needs to be more f*cking positive.”
The assembling of this folder is actually quite an intense and gruelling process for many workers in the White House. For one, the contents of the folder are compiled inside the ‘War Room‘; and whilst one might imagine this to be a high security space where life-changing political decisions are made, the truth of the matter is that the War Room is actually just a room in which a team of 4 to 10 people are tasked with monitoring how Donald Trump is perceived on the news, cable television, social media, digital media, and print media.
Every morning, as early as 6am, the workers in the War Room start their work. Three of them arrive extra early to begin monitoring morning news shows such as CNN and Fox. They also go ahead and search for anything positive regarding Trump on the internet. Every half hour, they send their findings (which usually includes positive headline screenshots and tweets) up to the Communications office.
White House staffers in the Communications Office then analyse what has been sent them. Sometimes, if there isn’t much for them to work with, they create a list of favourable headlines and email them as suggestions to a bunch of journalists. If there is absolutely nothing positive about Trump, they resort to looking at images in which he looks particularly powerful.
According to a former White House official, he felt that it would be “good for the country that the president is in a good mood in the mornings“.
It should be pointed out that it is quite normal for politicians to have a team dedicated to monitoring how the media perceives them. Obama reportedly had about three people who would watch the news and social media, before compiling a report and sending it around to several White House officials.
But this report was filled with everything they found – from the positive to the really negative. David Axelrod, the senior adviser to Barack Obama during his first two years in the White House, finds the fact that Trump only wants the positive news to be quite strange.
“If we had prepared such a digest for Obama, he would have roared with laughter,” He told Vice News, “His was a reality-based presidency.”
The idea for Trump’s ego-boosting folder to be delivered twice a day apparently came from Former White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, and Former White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer. They also both reportedly used to fight over who would get to deliver the folder to Trump, as they both were very eager to give him good news. A White House official told Vice that Priebus and Spicer weren’t exactly in Trump’s good graces for a while, and so, their desperation to deliver the folder twice a day was a form of ‘self-preservation‘.
According to the Business Insider, Sean Spicer has not specifically denied this claim but has instead stated that it is “is not accurate on several levels“.
This isn’t the first time that Trump has confused others with his peculiar requests. A couple months ago, it was reported that he requested for his daily intelligence briefings to include pictures and drawings, which he described as ‘killer graphics’. Before his meeting with Putin, his advisers also found it best to prepare Trump by providing him with ‘tweet-length’ sentences to talk about with the Russian President.
If only Donald Trump had got into art school none of this would be happening
— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) August 9, 2017
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