President Donald Trump reportedly receives a dossier stacked with flattering news about himself twice a day.
On Aug. 8, three current and former Trump administration officials asserted that Trump is fed two special folders containing positive news clippings about his presidency on a daily basis. The alleged folders range from 20 to 25 pages and contain positive news chyrons, social media posts, interviews and flattering photographs of the president. Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and press secretary Sean Spicer started the practice early in the administration to ensure that the president was in a good mood, Vice News reports.
The positive notices are culled by staffers from the Republican National Committee. The staffers allegedly get to work on assembling the positive clippings at 6 a.m. every weekday. The White House Communications Office then compiles the clippings into special folders. Trump is reportedly given one packet at 9:30 a.m. and another by 4:30 p.m. every day.
A Trump administration official who requested anonymity recalled that the only notes that staff received for the Trump packets were that they needed "to be more f**king positive."
Another White House official said that Priebus and Spicer ordered the special folders and would personally deliver them to Trump to help curry his favor.
"Priebus and Spicer weren't in a good position, and they wanted to show they could provide positive coverage," the White House official said. "It was self-preservation."
On July 21, Spicer resigned in protest after Trump appointed Anthony Scaramucci to head the White House communications department. On July 28, Trump fired Priebus and installed former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as his new chief of staff, The New York Times reports.
After Priebus and Spicer left the administration, Trump reportedly began to receive the special folders less frequently.
The Obama administration also compiled news packets for the president's consumption, but former President Barack Obama's special adviser, David Axelrod, said that the dossiers were never focused exclusively on positive coverage.
"If we had prepared such a digest for Obama, he would have roared with laughter," Axelrod said.
When asked about the alleged existence of the special folders, RNC spokeswoman Lindsay Jancek stated: "The RNC is always going to work to defend the White House, the administration, and its members of Congress, and our war room's efforts help capture and drive how our team can echo that defense."
Spicer disputed the report, asserting that it was "not accurate on several levels."
Former White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer of the Obama administration, a vocal Trump critic, took to social media to criticize the alleged dossiers.
"If you are doing a good job as President, you don't need a special folder," Pfeiffer tweeted out. "You just have to pick up the paper."