Politico reported Thursday that Andy Hemming resigned from his position as the White House communications team’s director of rapid response on Monday. Politico’s Annie Karni reported that Hemming, a staunch Republican, was charged with finding positive mainstream media news stories about the Trump administration and recirculating those reports. Hemming’s goal was to create more mainstream coverage about positive moments for the Trump administration on the very networks the president routinely bashes and refers to as “fake news.”
Every presidential administration has staffers dedicated to monitoring the press and pushing out stories related to favorable moments. But Trump’s relationship with the press and responses to news coverage is unprecedented. For instance, Vice News reported this month that the president receives a folder filled with positive news about himself twice a day ― a report previous presidents apparently did not receive.