President Trump lashed out Monday morning against the New York Times, denying a story that he spends several hours a day glued to the TV.
“Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day – Wrong! Also, 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.”
Trump was responding to a Times article citing White House insiders who reported the president spends “at least four hours a day, and sometimes as much as twice that” planted in front of the boob tube, sometimes watching on mute as he seethes over negative coverage of himself.
Trump has made his hatred for MSNBC and CNN clear in recent months, as he has heaped praise on Fox News — particularly morning show “Fox and Friends.”
His position on Lemon appears to have shifted in recent years — Trump called him very professional two years ago.
“Great interview tonight @donlemon – very professionally done. @CNN,” he tweeted Dec. 9, 2015.
The president’s missive came as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio were about to give a press conference on the terror bombing inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Trump has been briefed on that, according to a statement from the White House, but the president had not spoken publicly about it Monday morning.