DENVER — Is President Donald Trump expanding the idea of Trump TV?
Kayleigh McEnany appeared over the weekend on the president’s social media pages to deliver a “report” on the Trump administration.
McEnany spoke about the economy, jobs, the military and various presidential initiatives. It did not feature any news regarding the Russian investigation or health care.
The news prompted criticism from some — including the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia.
Wow. Feels eerily like so many state-owned channels I've watched in other countries https://t.co/dqsLEfuLj8
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) August 6, 2017
“He has a huge following,” GOP political analyst Sandra Higgs Solin said.
Solin said because the president has been so frustrated with traditional press — creating his own using his 35 million Twitter followers and more than 20 million Facebook followers — only makes sense.
“His frustration with the media today has clearly led him to make this decision to pursue this course,” Solin said.
Solin said Trump is not the first person to attempt to avoid the traditional working press.
President Barack Obama used taxpayer money to create West Wing Weekly, a taxpayer-paid webcast.
The difference, however, is reach. Some of Obama’s videos only received 15,000 views. President Trump’s reports have reached more than 1 million in just a few hours.