Friday, 23 December 2016

Trump's White House Press Shop

The communications team announced by President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday shows that the status quo is shifting in the White House press shop as well as in other corners of the incoming administration
The structure of the team is changing from past administrations in order to address the needs of the first Twitter president.
While previous White House communications staffs have been hierarchical, Trump’s four appointees will each be an "assistant to the president” along with their more specific job titles. 

That jibes with word from sources in previous days that Trump was weighing creating equal roles instead of the usual chain of command. 

EQUALITY OF COMMAND:

Trump once again set the unprecedented role to be unconventional and awarded four assistants to the president roles to handle press and fulfill the role of White House communications. 




Spicer, Hicks, Miller and Dan --- Four Dynamic People Join The White House Communications Team !!


SPICER ----- Press Secretary to the White House:


Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee’s chief strategist and spokesman, will take over the mantle of White House press secretary, and campaign communications adviser Jason Miller will become White House communications director.

Spicer, who was announced as press secretary earlier Thursday, told "The Kelly File" in an exclusive interview that Trump was unique among politicians because "he's not having to put everything through the filter of the mainstream media."
It is absolutely fascinating and it makes every day, every hour just unbelievable," Spicer told host Sandra Smith. "Because you know you’re having that conversation with the American people and they can have it back with him."
Spicer said he believed the Trump administration would still hold daily press briefings, despite occasional suggestions otherwise. However, he left open the possibility that they would exist in a modified form.
"Can we do things better? Can we be more effective? Can we put the American people first in some of these?" Spicer asked. "It’s not a question of getting rid of certain things ... maybe we add an element to them. Maybe not everything’s on camera, maybe we bring more people into the process."
When asked how he would balance the president-elect's turbulent relationship with the media, Spicer responded, "I think there’s a difference between calling people out and understanding the role that the press plays in a free society.
"The press has a right to go out and write stories ... but I think similarly, and what Donald Trump has proven ... is that when people are wrong, he’s going to hold them accountable and he’s going to correct the record."
White House --- Press Shop has Hope Hicks and Dan Scavino

Joining them in the press shop will be Hope Hicks and Dan Scavino, two longtime Trump loyalists who have been with the business mogul since the start of his presidential bid. Hicks will serve as director of strategic communications while Scavino will become director of social media. Both served in similar roles during the campaign. 
The four have had months of experience together on the campaign, with Spicer and Miller coordinating the daily transition calls since the election. On the surface at least, the aides are positioned to work well together in the White House. 
At the same time, the parallel roles could create rival centers of power, something Trump observers say has been a hallmark of Trump Inc.
Trump allies say Trump’s White House press operations might look different from those that came before them.
“Unlike a cabinet department where a lot of this is statutory, the president can change his staff and structure at his whim. If he wants to create a hydra-headed communications shop…he can do it,” said Jeffrey Lord, a top Trump cable surrogate and former White House aide. “A Trump White House will be an extension of his personality and his organizational style.”
Unlike more methodical press operations, Lord said it’s incumbent on the Trump press shop to be nimble and ready to amplify the presidential message, even if it’s one that comes out of an unexpected tweet.
Spicer did not return a request for comment from The Hill about his upcoming role. But he’s been a vocal defender of Trump for months on social media and cable news, Trump’s preferred mediums.
Although Spicer is steeped in the GOP establishment, he share his boss’s taste for an unconventional approach. 
Last week, he floated the prospect of Trump shaking up “this very stale operation” in the White House press corps, adding that conservative media and bloggers could have more of a presence and that the format of a standard daily briefing could change. He also entertained the prospect of making the briefing room seats first-come first-served, rather than having them assigned to specific outlets, as is currently the case.
The remarks were made at a Politico event where, true to the combative form of Team Trump, Spicer blasted the hosting news organization for “clickbait” journalism that’s “devoid of facts” and unfair to Republicans. 
More broadly, Spicer said, “What Donald Trump represents is someone who comes in and says, ‘Let’s get it done, let’s question the status quo, let’s end business as usual and let’s make real change.”
Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of the conservative Newsmax Media and a longtime friend of Trump’s, told The Hill that the press shop and the role of spokesman is going to gain an outsized importance in the Trump administration.
“Because of his interests, the fact that he’ll continue Twitter, he does speak his mind and impromptu—they really do need to have this daily briefing every day,” he said.
“Donald is very comfortable with Miller and from what I understand, likes Spicer. Spicer is a veteran, he parachutes into the job, he knows all the players, he’s got good relationships. And one of the things Donald likes about him is he knows all of the conservative-leaning media.”
The tentacles of the press strategy will likely extend far outside the official shop, as those closest to Trump have vast media experience. 
Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief adviser, comes from helming the conservative Breitbart News and is expected to play a major role in crafting the White House’s message. 
KELLYANNE CONWAY --- To play a major role in the White House:
And so is former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, chosen Thursday to serve as counselor to the President.
Even though the more recent relationship between Trump and the press has turned—at times—antagonistic, Ruddy said that Trump will make messaging a top priority for both him and his White House.
“For all the criticism, if you look at the overall history, he’s had a generally good relationship with the media. It’s only in the closing months where it’s gotten bad,” he said. 
He wants to go back to a more positive relationship with the media… he’s going to be much more involved with the press than probably any other president."
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Editor's Note: We can hope that Trump's team will provide all the necessary information on a timely basis to the media. The press pool coverage is a traditional system of covering the President of U.S. since Roosevelt, and this would be the 1st time the White House team would be on toes to look after the demands of the 1st Twitter President and one who can say words and statement right through his heart and mind.
Kanwal Abidi
- Executive Editor:  Washington D.C. News 
- Special Correspondent:  Metro 1 News (Broadcast Journalist)
- White House Press Correspondent (Politics and National Security)