The Morning Briefing: Trump Put on Diet of Highly-Curated Information and Much, Much More
Good Friday Morning.
Here's what is on the President's agenda today:
- In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing.
- The President will then meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
- In the afternoon, the President and First Lady Melania Trump will depart the White House en route to Camp David.
Trump put on diet of highly-curated information
Both Politico and The New York Times ran stories earlier this week outlining the new processes put in place by Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly that will be guiding the information stream that leads to the Oval Office. In a nutshell, Trump will be receiving highly-curated information that has passed through several levels and layers of scrutiny.
The new system, laid out in two memos co-authored by Kelly and Porter and distributed to Cabinet members and White House staffers in recent days, is designed to ensure that the president won’t see any external policy documents, internal policy memos, agency reports and even news articles that haven’t been vetted. Kelly’s deputy, Kristjen Nielson, is also expected to assume an integral role.
From The New York Times:
In one of the memos, White House aides were told that all materials prepared for the president must go first to Mr. Porter for vetting and clearance. Then Mr. Kelly must sign off on them before they go to Mr. Trump’s desk. That includes news articles, according to West Wing officials who described the memos’ content — of particular importance, given the propensity for some of Mr. Trump’s staff to slip him news accounts from dubious sources that shape his thinking or prompt him to cite unreliable or inaccurate information.
Business Insider writes about the victims of the new system. "Far-right media outlets have become increasingly worried about being cut from Trump's voracious media diet after White House chief of staff John Kelly began regulating Trump's intake of information, which was reported by multiple news outlets on Thursday."
"I'm scared that the military complex is taking over the formerly populist White House," a writer for Gateway Pundit told BuzzFeed News. Said long time Trump confidante Roger Stone of the new system, "news summaries have been sanitized, which means no Infowars, no Daily Caller, no Breitbart."
"As such," Stone asserted, "his views are shaped by CNN and FOX News. He watches network news as well, which is almost antiquated."
"The problem that this presidency has had is the sheer proliferation of bad information," one source said. "That proliferation is a result of two things," the source added. "People who don't know what they're doing, and people willing to push bad information to further their personal agendas. It's one of the most important things to get your arms around."