U.S. President Donald Trump has reportedly had meetings with conservative blogger Matt Drudge at the White House.
According to Politico, Trump and Drudge talked about the Trump administration and the Drudge Report, a popular news aggregation site.
Drudge's visits to the White House have not been previously reported, but he is said to have been more than once, and also communicates with Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, a former real estate mogul.
Kushner reportedly calls MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on occasion, according to unidentified sources close to Kushner.
Trump reportedly has three TVs in the chief-of-staff's office set to cable news channels such as Fox News, CNN and MSNBC. If the president sees something he doesn't like, he openly curses and yells at the TVs, reports Politico.
Trump has been known to schedule a day's agenda around something he has heard on TV, according to White House sources.
The news site notes that there is deep mistrust, paranoia and insecurity among White House aides, and some of them have even hired personal PR advisers to get their own versions of stories into the media.
Trump reportedly reminds people how he won the election, but has not had the same magical success in running the government.
"I think [Trump is] much more aware how complicated the world is," Newt Gingrich, an informal adviser to Trump, said. "This will all be more uphill than he thought it would be because I think he had the old-fashioned American idea that you run for office, you win, then people behave as though you won."
Drudge did not respond to interview requests from Politico.
In more Trump news, the U.S. president was recently slammed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
During an interview with the Latin American TeleSUR TV network, al-Assad said Trump "has no policies," and is following decisions made by "the intelligence agencies, the Pentagon, the big arms manufacturers, oil companies, and financial institutions."
Al-Assad said that Trump was beholden to these deep state players:
As we have seen in the past few weeks, he changed his rhetoric completely and subjected himself to the terms of the deep American state, or the deep American regime.
That’s why it is unrealistic and a complete waste of time to make an assessment of the American president’s foreign policy, for he might say something; but he ultimately does what these institutions dictate to him. This is not new. This has been ongoing American policy for decades.
Al-Assad denied that Syria has chemical weapons, and accused the U.S. and its allies of blocking independent investigations into the chemical weapons allegations:
We have asked the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to send specialized missions to investigate what happened. And every time, the United States obstructed these investigations or prevented sending such missions in order to carry out such investigations.
This is what happened last week when we called for investigations over the alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Khan Sheikhoun. The United States and its allies prevented OPCW from taking that decision.