Throughout the course of a normal day in the White House, President Donald Trump orders a dozen Diet Cokes and watches four to eight hours of television, according to a new report by The New York Times,
Over the weekend, the Times reported that Trump — who wakes up around 5:30 in the morning — starts his day by watching TV in the White House’s master bedroom, alternating between CNN, Fox & Friends and MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Aides reportedly watch Fox & Friends live in order to gauge what the president’s mood will be like as he begins the day’s official duties. If there’s a big story on that Trump doesn’t tweet about, aides know he’s watching CNN or MSNBC and will likely be in a bad mood.
On Monday, Trump denied the report, calling it “another false story” on Twitter. He went on to claim that he does not watch “4-8 hours of television a day,” nor does he routinely watch CNN or MSNBC. “I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the ‘dumbest man on television!’ Bad Reporting,” he wrote.
The report also addressed Trump’s tweeting, claiming that he composes his social media missives sometimes from bed or from the den next to his bedroom, where another TV is usually turned on.
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However, the president sometimes waits to tweet until he arrives at the Treaty Room to begin making both official and unofficial calls, according to the Times. Even then, the outlet said, Trump is occasionally still dressed in the clothing he slept in.
According to people close to him, Trump reportedly sometimes keeps a TV on mute during meetings, allowing no one but himself and technical support staff to touch the remote.
Further, the Times claimed that the President shares his thoughts on whatever program he’s watching with anyone he comes into contact with — including members of the house staff who deliver him one of those dozen Diet Cokes he reportedly orders daily.
When the Times asked Trump about his television watching habits, he allegedly declined to comment directly, instead seemingly addressing it with the press pool during his recent trip to Asia.
“I know they like to say — people that don’t know me — they like to say I watch television. People with fake sources — you know, fake reporters, fake sources. But I don’t get to watch much television, primarily because of documents. I’m reading documents a lot,” he said.