It’s well documented that President Trump watches cable television to keep up on the news; it’s well documented that he uses sources like Fox News and CNN as inspiration for his tweets; and it’s well documented that the president wants his appointees to have a TV-level look for their own public appearances.
The cable-news ethos doesn’t end there, however. In a story about the operations of the National Security Council, the New York Times provides some insight on the managerial approach of K.T. McFarland, the deputy national security adviser. A former Fox News national security analyst, McFarland approaches discussions with the sensibilities of a news anchor:
Ms. McFarland often draws on her television experience to make clear to officials that they need to make their points in council meetings quickly, and she signals when to wrap up, several participants said.
Because we wouldn’t want that discussion on Iran policy to blow through an NSC commercial break!