President Trump is ready for his close up, and he wants to glow.
Axios reports that Trump is disappointed that his on-camera appearances haven’t had the same quality as his favorite prime-time TV shows, leading to “outbursts” about poor lighting and fretting over sound.
Luckily, Trump’s new communications director—ex-Fox News executive and professional sexual harassment cover-upper, Bill Shine—is there to give in to every single one of Trump’s diva desires. Recently, Shine went to great lengths to make sure Trump looked (and sounded) his best when announcing the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Trump stepped on and off the podium, riffing with his aides. While this was going on, Bill Shine, the former co-president of Fox News, was meticulously obsessing over the camera shot which looked out upon a red carpet, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Shine toyed with the lights, adjusted the podium and the microphone, moved objects in the backdrop, and conferred with the camera operator. He seemed oblivious to the other conversations happening around him.
Hours before the announcement, Shine had gone to the East Room to test the lighting, according to a source familiar with the situation. He showed the president three different lighting options and Trump selected his favorite.
You know, the important things.