Een interessant verhaal van Politico over hoe Trump aan z’n nepnieuws komt:
The president rarely surfs the web on his own, but his staff have made a habit of slipping news stories on to his desk—including the occasional internet hoax.
Tot ergernis van stafchef van het Witte Huis:
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus issued a stern warning at a recent senior staff meeting: Quit trying to secretly slip stuff to President Trump.
En dat is lastig gezien de belangen:
While the information stream to past commanders-in-chief has been tightly monitored, Trump prefers an open Oval Office with a free flow of ideas and inputs from both official and unofficial channels. And he often does not differentiate between the two. Aides sometimes slip him stories to press their advantage on policy; other times they do so to gain an edge in the seemingly endless Game of Thrones inside the West Wing.
A news story tucked into Trump’s hands at the right moment can torpedo an appointment or redirect the president’s entire agenda.