The timing could be a coincidence. Or it could mean that Trump was doing the very thing he denied — watching CNN and MSNBC — shortly before he tweeted.
The Times reported on Saturday that “around 5:30 each morning, President Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House's master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to 'Fox & Friends' for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' because, friends suspect, it fires him up for the day.”
One of the Times journalists who reported the story, Peter Baker, appeared on “Morning Joe” on Monday to discuss the president's TV habit.
“He likes this jolt of television he doesn't agree with,” Baker said of Trump. “It's kind of hate-watching. He watches something that he knows is going to rile him up. It's like a big cup of caffeine. Most people try to avoid things that make them upset, but I think that President Trump — he gets a charge out of it.”
Trump biographer Michael D'Antonio appeared on CNN around the same time that Baker was on MSNBC and said that “people who have been around the president for any real period of time know that he is a television addict. He's probably watching us right now.”
Perhaps he was.
The White House did not respond to an inquiry about whether Trump was watching and responding to CNN and MSNBC.