Sunday, July 16, 2017

Radioactive Jobs in the White House: Communications Dept.

Scott Jennings, a strident defender of the president on television and an ally of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, refused White House inquiries about taking a senior-level position in the communications department, two White House officials said. Richard Grenell, a Republican communications adviser, said he wasn’t interested in taking over the podium for news briefings, the White House officials said.

But the team’s biggest hurdle may be inside the Oval Office. Mr. Trump, who often says he is his own best adviser on politics and communications, frequently strays from the White House’s script and has fought attempts to tone down his Twitter persona, of which many top aides—and a majority of the American public—say they disapprove.


In an effort to impose message discipline, the communications shop orchestrated​ a series of “theme weeks,”​designed to focus both the president and his senior team on one core policy issue at a time. But the themes were often overtaken by the news of the day and legislation winding its way through Congress, and the president himself often veered off message.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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