Official to CNN: Drudge at White House 'all the time'

Official to CNN: Drudge at White House 'all the time'
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Reclusive Drudge Report founder Matt Drudge visits the White House “all the time,” according to a senior administration official who spoke with CNN.

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The CNN report could not be independently verified, as the administration announced in April that the official White House visitor logs would not be released to the public. The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment and confirmation on Drudge’s visits.

Drudge has been a loyal supporter of Trump since he announced his candidacy and has regularly shared news items favorable to the president.

But he has been growing frustrated with Trump recently, according to anonymous sources who spoke with CNN. 

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"Drudge takes some credit, I think, for getting Trump elected into the White House and he expected him to follow through on the promises he campaigned on,” one source said.

Another source said Drudge is “starting to get a bit miffed.”

”Drudge may have helped Trump win the White House, but he's never beholden to anyone," the second source told CNN. "What's gnawing at him now is that Trump is not following through on his campaign promises — the ideals that helped him win and also brought Drudge's backing."

The news network cited increasingly critical coverage of the president on the Drudge Report in the past several weeks, including news stories highlighting the probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in that country's efforts to influence the outcome of the presidential race.