President Donald Trump isn't known for either his humility or his tolerance of criticism, and White House staff isn't helping. Trump gets a folder of positive news about himself provided by his staff twice a day, according to a new report from Vice News. Even better? The folder is apparently so fawning it's been nicknamed the “propaganda document.”
At 9:30a.m. and 4:30p.m., a Trump aide reportedly delivers a folder full of flattering news: screenshots of positive news crawls, praising tweets, applauding news stories, and, if there isn't enough to fill it up, sometimes even just “pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful.” Ranging somewhere from 20 to 25 pages, the packet is allegedly prepared with the help of the Republican National Committee (RNC), which scours the news for flattering stories. Elite Daily reached out to the White House for comment, but didn't hear back by the time of publication.
The only feedback the folder has ever gotten? "It needs to be more f*cking positive," apparently.
It's no secret that the president famously desires good press and is angry at any negative news.
Trump has lashed out at networks and publications that criticize him, often calling them “fake news” and making his staff's lives difficult as they try and fail to rein in his Twitter. So that's perhaps why White House aides are reportedly making sure that, twice a day, he only sees the good stuff.
The folder was apparently the brainchild of former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. In a White House more full of intrigue and backstabbing than your average Real Housewives episode, the two would reportedly compete to be the one to deliver the folder to the president and be seen delivering positive news.
"It was self-preservation," the anonymous source told Vice. It must not have worked very well, though: both Priebus and Spicer have since left the White House.
Now, the fate of the "propaganda document" is in question following the departure of Priebus and Spicer.
In recent weeks the file has reportedly been produced less frequently, but no news on whether it's stopped entirely or if Trump is getting tetchy at the reduction in glowing reviews.
But don't worry, White House staffers. If those hero shots of Trump on TV stop flowing so freely, there's always Photoshop.