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  • President Donald Trump sometimes schedules meetings
    according to what he sees on his favorite cable programs like
    “Fox and Friends,” according to a former White House
    official.
  • “If he’s seen something on TV or [was] talking to
    [Sean] Hannity the night before, he’s got lots of flexibility
    to do whatever he wants to do,” the former official said in a
    Politico report.
  • Trump’s battle against the news media is evidenced by
    his public criticism against networks he believes have covered
    him unfairly. In turn, he has shown deference toward
    outlets that cover him favorably.

President Donald Trump’s propensity to tune into Fox News has
been noted in multiple news reports, but according to one former
White House official, he also schedules his meetings related to
what he sees on cable programs like “Fox and Friends.”

“He comes down for the day, and whatever he saw on ‘Fox and
Friends,’ he schedules meetings based on that,” the former White
House officials said in a Politico report published on Monday.
“If it’s Iran, it’s ‘Get John Bolton down here!'”

“If he’s seen something on TV or [was] talking to [Sean] Hannity
the night before, he’s got lots of flexibility to do whatever he
wants to do,” the former official added.

Trump’s battle against the news media is evidenced by his public
criticism against networks he believes has covered him unfairly.
In turn, he has shown deference toward outlets that cover him
favorably.

“Just heard Fake News CNN is doing polls again despite the fact
that their election polls were a WAY OFF disaster,” Trump
tweeted in 2017. “Much higher
ratings at Fox.”

Fox News, which frequently presents a favorable view of daily
happenings surrounding Trump, has been the president’s preferred
network — so much so that he reportedly contacts its anchors to
thank them for their coverage.

“What he usually does is he’ll call after a show and say, ‘I
really enjoyed that,'” a former Fox anchor said in a Vanity Fair
report in January. “The
highest compliment is, ‘I really learned something.’ Then you
know he got a new policy idea.”

But Trump’s apparent preference or disdain for a particular
network has attracted critics on both sides of the political spectrum, as it
did last week after CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins was barred from
an open press event at the White House. Collins earned support
from her own network and a number of organizations and competing
news outlets — including Trump’s favorite, Fox News.

“As a member of the White House press pool, Fox stands firmly
with CNN on this issue of access,” Fox News chief political
anchor Bret Baier said at the time.

Last week, Trump made a surprise call to Fox News
personality Sean Hannity’s radio show and was interviewed for 10
minutes on the GDP numbers that had been announced earlier that
day.

“Mr. President, congratulations,” Hannity said at the start of
his interview.

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