Trump is planning a “massive media blackout” of his administration’s agenda in the lead-up to his first major legislative push of the year, according to a new report.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Trump and White House senior adviser Stephen Miller are “worried” about the impact the blackout would have on his legislative agenda.
Miller is a veteran GOP strategist who has worked on campaigns for GOP presidential candidates and served as Trump’s chief strategist for two years before his current job.
Miller told The Post in an email that “we have a massive media blackout, and we have a lot of reasons for it, including the media’s tendency to go after anything that doesn’t fit their narrative.
That narrative is that we are the enemy and that we want to destroy the United States of America.”
He added that “I think the media has a tendency to make a big issue out of anything that does not fit their worldview and narrative.”
Miller did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Trump’s communications director, Hope Hicks, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday night.
Miller was asked in the email if the administration would make a deal with the media to not broadcast its agenda during the blackout.
He said “no.”
“I am not in a position to comment on this,” Miller wrote.
The Post’s report comes as Trump has been making his first big legislative push since taking office in January, with several key pieces of legislation, including legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, to be announced in the next week.
The legislation is expected to face an uphill battle in Congress.
But Miller told the Post that Trump has not given up on the legislation.
Miller said the Trump administration’s “focus is on creating the regulatory environment that will allow us to roll out the most aggressive tax reform and the biggest infrastructure project in history.”
Miller said Trump has “no regrets” about using the blackout to push his agenda.
“We will be focused on creating a regulatory environment where we will be able to get it done,” Miller said.