WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump often faces criticism for his frequent tweeting that includes even some major policy decisions, but a new report suggests that the American President has other routine implying ‘ample time’ he enjoys for leisurely activities.
The New York Times report claims that Trump spends between four and eight hours a day watching TV.
The NYT, which said it spoke to a number of people close to the president, said he starts watching TV at about 5.30 am with CNN – a station he has frequently criticised.
He then, the paper reported switches to “Fox and Friends” on the conservative station, Fox and Friends, which is rather more to his taste.
Other presidential favourites include Fox primetime shows hosted by Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Jeanine Pirro.
Reports of the president’s voracious television watching contradict an interview he gave to reporters during a trip to Asia.
“Believe it or not, even when I’m in Washington or New York, I do not watch much television,” Trump said. “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,” Trump continued. “I actually read much more — I read you people much more than I watch television,” he said.
But the Times report doesn’t conclude with mere a one liner fact, it further says the television serves as the “ammunition” for Trump’s outbursts on Twitter. No one is allowed to touch the remote except him and technical staff. And if he misses an important segment, he watches it later on what he calls his “Super TiVo.”