President Trump received a twice-daily folder full of positive cable news chyrons, news articles, interview transcripts, tweets, and, occasionally, "photos of Trump on TV looking powerful," according to a report Tuesday.
Three current and former White House employees told VICE News the folder containing the documents was handed to Trump by either former press secretary Sean Spicer or former chief of staff Reince Priebus at around 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day.
"It needs to be more fucking positive," is the only feedback the White House Communications Office received on the folder, and some at the White House refer to it as the "propaganda document," sources told VICE News.
Members of the GOP's "War Room" — which is intended to monitor broadcast, digital, print news, and social media to see how the party is perceived by Americans — send the coverage that portrays Trump positively to the White House Communications Office. The communications office then assembles the clips into a folder for the president.
According to the report, on days where there is not enough positive coverage of the president, RNC staffers send "flattering" photos of Trump.
"Maybe it's good for the country that the president is in a good mood in the morning," a former RNC staffer said.
A White House official said the idea for the "propaganda documents" came from Spicer and Priebus, who hoped delivering the good news would improve their rocky situations at the White House.
Spicer said in an email to VICE News "while I won't comment on materials we share with the president, this is not accurate on several levels," but did not respond to a request about what part of the information was inaccurate.
It is not unusual for those in the White House Communications Office to monitor coverage of the president, but former White House officials said this is unusual because the folder solely contains positive news.
"If we had prepared such a digest for Obama, he would have roared with laughter," said David Axelrod, a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama.
In the time since both Spicer's and Priebus's departures, the folder has not appeared as regularly, usually after large public events like Trump's speech to the National Boy Scouts Jamboree in West Virginia in July, White House officials said.
It is unclear whether White House communications staff are still filing the document under current chief of staff John Kelly.