Trump Watches CNN and 'Morning Joe' To 'Get Fired Up,' Report Says


It says President Trump chugs 12 cans of Diet Coke a day.

He uses CNN for news, watches Fox and Friends for comfort, and - they suspect - takes in Morning Joe to get himself riled up for the day. "People with fake sources-you know, fake reporters, fake sources".

The report has fetched a laugh from Twitter users, with some noting that a love for TV and diet drinks was perhaps the only things U.S. citizens and Trump might have in common.

According to the paper, President Trump begins the day by turning on CNN, an outlet he has routinely branded "fake news", before swiftly switching to Fox News' Fox & Friends.

According to the NYT piece, Donald Trump's aides have been trying - with limited success - to get Trump to show up to work by 9 or 9:30 in the morning, which makes me feel a bit better about my own worth ethic, actually.

Trump's compulsion to watch TV is so strong that when meetings are held in the White House dining room, the 60-inch TV he had installed there when he moved in remains on constantly. "People that don't know me, they like to say I watch television - people with fake sources. I'm reading documents a lot", he said.

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Other gob-smacking nuggets of info include the fact that he's been known to giddily call his mates after crafting "the ideal tweet", that he can't deal with not seeing himself on TV, and that he told bewildered members of the press that he doesn't actually watch that much TV because of documents.

However, Trump doesn't like being viewed as someone who watches so much TV to where it "reinforces the criticism that he is not taking the job seriously".

White House reporters claim that after guests have left the WH for the evening, "the remote control comes back out".

The Times reports that Trump told reporters about his TV-watching habits after the newspaper presented the White House with a long list of fact-checking questions, including one about how often he watches television.

But while Kelly has been able to enact changes to the way the West Wing functions since assuming his new role, multiple media reports, including The Times', indicated that Kelly has been unable to monitor every aspect of Trump's news consumption.