President Trump is known for making big statements that often strain credulity. On Saturday, November 11, however, Trump made a claim that might be too much for even his most ardent supporters to swallow. Traveling aboard Air Force One, the President told reporters he didn't watch a lot of TV.
Trump was answering a question about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore — specifically whether Moore, a Republican, should drop out of the race. The Washington Post recently published stories of multiple women who claim Moore made sexual advances toward them while they were underage and he was in his 30s. One woman was 14 and Moore was 32.
I’ve been with you folks, so I haven’t gotten to see too much. And believe it or not, even when I’m in Washington or New York, I do not watch much television. 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. I actually read much more — I read you people much more than I watch television. But anyway. So I have not seen very much about him, about it. And you know I put out a statement yesterday that he'll do the right thing.
Trump (while asked about Roy Moore allegations) says he doesn't watch much TV. "They like to say I watch television—people w/ 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." pic.twitter.com/URP765HjFq— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) November 11, 2017
Honestly, I'd have to look at it and I'd have to see. Because, again, I'm dealing with the president of China, the president of Russia. I'm dealing with the folks over here. So I haven't devoted, I haven't been able to devote very much time to it. ... But I’ll have further comment as we go down the road. I have to get back into the country to see what’s happening.
My toddler also “reads” documents. She’s very busy. Very, very busy with the document reading, primarily of the documents. No time for TV, what with all the documents and reading of the documents.— CHRISTINE HARTMAN (@charnesshartman) November 11, 2017
President Trump has claimed in the past that he has very little time for TV, though he continues to tweet about live cable news segments just after they air. Time magazine also reported that Trump had a 60-inch TV installed in his private dining room, as one does.
I just accidently repeat what they say on Fox minutes after they say it.— mmlikestowrite (@MMwritescanada) November 11, 2017
Literally sounds like will Ferrell in anchorman talking about reading leather bound books— Kevin O' Connell (@kjoc) November 11, 2017
Regardless of whether or not he's had time to watch TV during his trip to Asia, one would hope one of Trump's aids might have taken the time to keep him informed on what's happening in his home country.
This week recapped: Democrats won landslide election sweep; Roy Moore; Trump’s ex-NSA investigated for $15m kidnapping plot; President calls nuclear-armed leader short & fat, wonders if he will be his friend.— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) November 12, 2017
Though domestic headlines stole the show during the first portion of his trip to Asia, President Trump also turned heads by commenting that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin's claims that he had no part in meddling with the 2016 U.S. elections, despite findings from our own intelligence agencies to the contrary. Trump said:
[Putin] said he didn't meddle. He said he didn't meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. Every time he sees me, he says, 'I didn't do that,' And I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it.
After immediate backlash, Trump held a press conference where he stepped-back his statements — a rare move for this President. Perhaps he saw how poorly his words were playing on TV.