President Trump spends at least four hours a day glued to a television set, watching cable news coverage of his administration, seething about negative stories and drinking a dozen diet Cokes, according to a report Saturday.
The President usually tunes in to his favorite morning show, Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” after waking up around 5:30 a.m. and surfing over other news networks, according to an exhaustive look at his daily routine in the White House published by The New York Times.
Trump’s day is described as an hour-by-hour “battle for self-preservation,” in which he must “fight to protect” himself from outside forces.
A 60-inch behemoth of a TV that was installed in the dining room is always on, even if muted, and Trump uses the scrolling headlines as ammunition for his frequent Twitter attacks.
Trump’s overall strategy and approach to the office echoes his tweets and his shoot-from-the-hip mannerisms, according to The Times.
There is rarely a plan behind Trump’s actions other than “pre-emption, self-defense, obsession and impulse.”
The Times claims that questions about Trump’s television habits prompted him to preemptively issue statements to counter the story.
“Believe it or not, even when I’m in Washington or New York, I do not watch much television,” Trump said aboard Air Force One last month during his trip to Asia. “People that don’t know me, they like to say I watch television — people with fake sources. You know, fake reporters, fake sources.”
Trump said he’s often too busy for TV time.
“Primarily because of documents. I’m reading documents. A lot,” he continued.
Trump also has a softer side that is rarely displayed in public, according to the report. He often takes a warmer, even sweeter approach to the children of administration officials when they visit the White House.
Donald Trump in the White House
Some close to the President detail how he has been frustrated by what he sees as the restraints of abiding by the rules that come with being commander-in-chief.
He envisioned an all-powerful office, more akin to “the popular image of imperial command than the sloppy reality of having to coexist with two other branches of government,” according to The Times.
News isn’t the only thing that Trump consumes with a voracious appetite.
He also throws back a dozen diet Cokes throughout his day, according to The Times.
The peek behind the White House curtain is the most revealing since a May Time magazine story detailed similar inner workings of Trump’s inner sanctum.
White House staffers told the magazine that the President takes two scoops of ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, while everyone else gets one.