It wouldn’t be a typical morning in 2017 if President Donald Trump weren’t tweeting.
On Wednesday, amidst bombshell news involving Trump Jr. meeting with a Russian lawyer, Trump tweeted about the White House’s current priorities and his “very little time” for television:
The W.H. is functioning perfectly, focused on HealthCare, Tax Cuts/Reform & many other things. I have very little time for watching T.V.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2017
It’s a bit inaccurate for Trump to say the White House is “functioning perfectly” amidst the latest Russia developments, the drama surrounding his children/in-laws’ actions, and his persistent attacks on the media.
Also, he has no public events on his schedule this week ― which doesn’t bolster the idea that he is focused on “many things.”
But Trump’s “having little time for watching T.V.” comment seems particularly unhinged.
Even just looking at the last few days alone, Trump has mentioned or retweeted Fox News shows or personalities eleven times.
Additionally, White House officials confirmed that the president “has been watching plenty of TV news this week” ― likely on the 60-plus-inch flat-screen television he had installed in the White House.
Twitter was just as annoyed by Trump’s exaggerated statement on his TV habits, with users quick to call out the tweet’s absurdity.
(He paused the TiVo to tweet this) https://t.co/cT3bAH27Id
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) July 12, 2017
The best part about this tweet is that Trump heard on TV that he was watching too much TV https://t.co/MXaU2nP3ol
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) July 12, 2017
I HAVE VERY LITTLE TIME FOR TWITTER https://t.co/IjWGxufhU3
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 12, 2017
The best way to know a machine is fine-tuned is when the operator keeps shouting that it is fine-tuned without any prompting. https://t.co/0dnLGhxNhY
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) July 12, 2017
9:09 a.m. on MSNBC: @PhilipRucker reports Trump has been watching a lot of TV news the last few days to take in scandal coverage
9:39 a.m.: https://t.co/tATBz3orLV
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 12, 2017
You live-tweet Fox & Friends every morning while I'm at work doing my job. https://t.co/JP7owbYk3o
— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) July 12, 2017
Over the last ~12 hours, the president has tweeted out three Fox News links and urged people to watch his son's appearance on Hannity. https://t.co/JbYXmAEeHb
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) July 12, 2017
It's like a note you write home from the first semester of college when things aren't going well https://t.co/Vp2tsebd1j
— Chris McDaniel (@csmcdaniel) July 12, 2017
what I tell myself when my life is crumbling but I'm binging Parks and Rec start to finish for the 10th time https://t.co/Jyt6HJZpGF
— Robbie Couch (@robbie_couch) July 12, 2017
not sure if TV-watching time is ideal metric for successful presidency https://t.co/doSlEt5kqx
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) July 12, 2017
this is literally the everything's fine fire meme https://t.co/4O6eydXowk
— Jon Savitt (@savittj) July 12, 2017
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) July 12, 2017
me on facebook vs me on twitter pic.twitter.com/arxdbK0A2b
— eve peyser (@evepeyser) July 12, 2017
When I tell people I’m logging off Twitter then spend the entire day tweeting pic.twitter.com/zb0FRYZ3SD
— Sam Grittner (@SamGrittner) July 12, 2017
I HAVE VERY LITTLE TIME FOR GOLF. https://t.co/dDGpD5ia6n
— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) July 12, 2017
Can’t wait to see what fresh hell tomorrow brings.