It only took Jillian Mele a month to end up on President Trump’s twitter account.
Back in May, the former Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia host started her new gig as the news anchor on Fox & Friends, the president’s favorite television news program.
Now it appears Trump has taken notice.
Tuesday morning, Trump re-tweeted a segment featuring the former Breakfast on Broad host reporting that ISIS claimed responsibility for a hostage siege in Melbourne, Australia, that left one person dead.
The gunman, Yacqub Khayre, killed a man and took a woman hostage early Tuesday morning before dying in a police shootout that left three officers wounded.
Sharing Mele’s news segment with his nearly 32 million Twitter followers continues Trump’s trend of promoting news about Islamic jihadist terrorism while largely ignoring other violent events.
Most recently, it took the president four days to acknowledge the attack in Portland, Ore., where a white supremacist, Jeremy Christian, allegedly stabbed two men to death who were defending a woman on a light-rail train from his anti-Muslim hate speech. Even then, the statement didn’t come on Trump’s main Twitter account; it came on the administration’s official @POTUS account, which has nearly 19 million fewer followers.
Trump has also chosen not to comment on an incident in Mississippi, where eight people were killed, including a police officer, in a shooting rampage in Jackson last week.
By his own admission, Fox & Friends is Trump’s favorite news programs. During the campaign, the president specifically cited the hosts of the show, calling them “very honorable people” and said “they have the most honest morning show.”
Many of Trump’s early morning tweets can be traced directly back to segments on Fox & Friends. On Sunday, following a terrorist attack in London that killed seven people, the president sent out several tweets that echoed comments made on the show, including repeating weekend host and former Fox 29 anchor Clayton Morris’ statement about gun control nearly word for word.
“Notice we’re not having a gun debate right now because they didn’t kill with guns, they killed with knives,” Morris said.
Here’s Trump’s tweet, which he sent minutes later: