Trump Bump: President Downs A Dozen Diet Cokes Per Day

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U.S. President Donald Trump spends somewhere between four and eight hours watching TV every day, according to a report.

From the moment he wakes up, he uses CNN for news, watches Fox News for comfort, and - they suspect - takes in MSNBC's Morning Joe to get himself riled up for the day.

This has been Trump's daily routine, according to some of the 60 advisers, associates, friends and members of Congress that spoke to The New York Times They said the television is his lifeline to the world. No one is allowed to touch the remote except him and technical staff.

Sources say the White House is governed by the rule no one touches the remote control except for the U.S. president himself and technical staff.

The same president who once told reporters he doesn't have time to watch television and prefers to be "reading documents".

According to the paper, President Trump begins the day by turning on CNN, an outlet he has routinely branded "fake news", before swiftly switching to Fox News' Fox & Friends.

To keep himself in a fighting mood, he consumes 12 cans of Diet Coke daily; the equivalent of 550mg of caffeine, or 150mg more than is recommended for adults.

Trump has previously insisted he has "very little time for watching TV", though he often tweets about Fox News and CNN segments just after they air live.

Anything Trump misses, he catches up with on what he calls his "Super TiVO", which records cable news.

Other presidential favourites include Fox primetime shows hosted by Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Jeanine Pirro.

"Believe it or not, even when I'm in Washington or NY, I do not watch much television", Trump told reporters on Air Force One.

"I do not watch much television", he told reporters in Vietnam.

While aboard Air Force One during his recent Asia tour, President Trump responded to fact-checking questions regarding his apparent penchant for TV by saying: "I do not watch much television.I know they like to say - people that don't know me - they like to say I watch television".

He continued, "But I don't get to watch much television. I'm reading documents. A lot", he told a group of mostly print reporters.

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