Trump launches own ‘real news’ ser­vice, star­ring daugh­ter-in-law

Lara Trump an­chors video cam­paign to turn tide of neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity by prais­ing the pres­i­dent

The Daily Telegraph - - World news - By Har­riet Alexan­der in New York

‘Want to know what Pres­i­dent Trump did this week? Watch here for REAL news! ’

‘I bet you haven’t heard about all the ac­com­plish­ments the pres­i­dent had this week be­cause there is so much fake news’

DON­ALD TRUMP has de­clared him­self so unim­pressed by me­dia cov­er­age of his ad­min­is­tra­tion that he has launched his own “news ser­vice”, with broad­casts pro­claim­ing his tri­umphs pre­sented by one Lara Trump, the pres­i­dent’s daugh­ter-in-law.

At the end of a week which saw the chief of staff fired, a vul­gar tirade by his com­mu­ni­ca­tions direc­tor, who was then forced out, the col­lapse of ef­forts to re­peal Oba­macare and yet an­other deeply con­cern­ing mis­sile launch by North Korea, Mr Trump set about chang­ing the nar­ra­tive.

“Want to know what Pres­i­dent Trump did this week? Watch here for REAL news!” his Face­book page pro­claimed.

In the video, pub­lished on Sun­day evening and now watched by two mil­lion peo­ple, Mrs Trump, who is mar­ried to Mr Trump’s son Eric, lists the pres­i­dent’s achieve­ments.

It ap­pears the Trump news chan­nel is pro­duced by his re­elec­tion cam­paign, with Mrs Trump speak­ing against the back­drop of his cam­paign web­site – Don­ald­jtrump.com.

“I bet you haven’t heard about all the ac­com­plish­ments the pres­i­dent had this week be­cause there is so much fake news out there,” she said.

She told viewers how Mr Trump has once again do­nated his salary for this quar­ter, not­ing ad­mir­ingly: “This is a pres­i­dent who is putting Amer­ica be­fore him­self.”

She claimed, al­most ac­cu­rately, that the un­em­ploy­ment rate – 4.4 per cent in June, 4.3 per cent in May – is the low­est since 2001. For four months in 2005 and 2006, the un­em­ploy­ment rate was also 4.4 per cent.

Mrs Trump, a tele­vi­sion pro­ducer be­fore she mar­ried, cor­rectly stated that the Dow Jones stock mar­ket was at an all-time high, and told how Mr Trump had wel­comed to the White House the po­lice of­fi­cers who had saved the lives of the politi­cians prac­tic­ing base­ball on June 14.

She failed to men­tion the “news” that Mr Trump him­self was tweet­ing about last week – their failed ef­fort to re­form health­care; the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion; grid­lock over health­care; China’s pol­icy to­wards North Korea, which Mr Trump said left him “very dis­ap­pointed,” adding: “They do NOTH­ING.”

She also ig­nored the odd­est news of the week: in 2015, Mr Trump was ap­par­ently in “se­ri­ous talks” to play the US pres­i­dent in the film Shark­nado 3:

Oh Hell No, a se­quel to the cult disas­ter movie Shark­nado.

She did, how­ever, ref­er­ence Mr Trump’s Friday visit to Long Is­land, where he spoke about the MS-13 gang prob­lem. She did not men­tion that his speech was panned, af­ter he told po­lice not to bother tak­ing steps to en­sure the well­be­ing of peo­ple they de­tained.

His re­marks were con­demned by the Drugs En­force­ment Agency, NYPD and po­lice forces na­tion­wide.

Last night, more of Mr Trump’s words came back to haunt him.

Af­ter the Boy Scouts crit­i­cised as overly po­lit­i­cal a speech the pres­i­dent gave to their an­nual jam­boree last week, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has de­nied call­ing Mr Trump to praise it, di­rectly con­tra­dict­ing the pres­i­dent’s own ver­sion of events.

“We are un­aware of any such call,” the Boy Scouts said in a state­ment.

It spec­i­fied that nei­ther of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s two top lead­ers – Ran­dall Stephen­son, its pres­i­dent, or Mike Sur­baugh, the chief scout ex­ec­u­tive – had placed a call in re­gard to the pres­i­dent’s ad­dress.

Sarah Huck­abee San­ders, the White House spokesman, said Boy Scout lead­ers had praised Mr Trump in per­son af­ter his speech. She said the pres­i­dent was mak­ing ref­er­ence to “mul­ti­ple mem­bers of the Boy Scout lead­er­ship” who “con­grat­u­lated him, praised him and of­fered quite pow­er­ful com­pli­ments fol­low­ing his speech”.

Yes­ter­day the pres­i­dent was at­tempt­ing to turn the page, com­ing out in favour of leg­is­la­tion from two Repub­li­can se­na­tors that would place new lim­its on le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and seek to cre­ate a sys­tem based more on merit and skills than fam­ily ties. Mr Trump said the mea­sure would rep­re­sent “the most sig­nif­i­cant re­form to our im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem in half a cen­tury”.

The pro­posal, in­tro­duced by David Per­due of Georgia and Tom Cot­ton of Arkansas, would change the 1965 law to re­duce the num­ber of le­gal im­mi­grants, lim­it­ing the num­ber of peo­ple able to ob­tain green cards to join fam­i­lies al­ready in the United States.

It would also aim to slash the num­ber of refugees in half and elim­i­nate a pro­gramme that pro­vides visas to coun­tries with low rates of im­mi­gra­tion.

“This leg­is­la­tion demon­strates our com­pas­sion for strug­gling Amer­i­can fam­i­lies who de­serve an im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem that puts their needs first, and puts Amer­ica first,” said Mr Trump.

Lara Trump, a for­mer tele­vi­sion pro­ducer who is mar­ried to Pres­i­dent Trump’s son Eric, pre­sented a round-up of the week from the per­spec­tive of the White House

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