President Donald Trump is poised to go down as both the most voracious tweeter and most passionate cable news consumer to ever reside in the White House. Since his stunning upset in November, Trump’s preoccupation with each has seemingly intensified.
Whether from Trump Tower, his resort at Mar-a-Lago, or the White House Trump has reportedly spent a significant amount of time glued to the television screen, often firing out a response in nearly real-time to his millions of followers on Twitter.
Below, a running tally of each instance since Election Day in which the president’s tweet appears to have been prompted by something he had just seen on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN or another channel.
Sean Hannity opened his broadcast on July 24, 2017 with a monologue that touched on alleged collusion between the Ukrainian government and Hillary Clinton's campaign. "Are we ever going to look into that?" asked Hannity, one Trump's most vocal media cheerleaders. The following morning, Trump, a known user of TiVo, tagged Hannity in a tweet that called on Attorney General Jeff Sesssions to look into the matter. "More Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign - 'quietly working to boost Clinton," Trump tweeted. "So where is the investigation A.G."
A few minutes after 9 a.m., CNN's Jeff Zeleny reported that President Trump had been tuning in to television coverage of the scandal surrounding his son, Donald Trump Jr. Moments later, on MSNBC, the Washington Post's Philip Rucker informed viewers that Trump has "been watching a lot of television news the last few days" to see coverage of his son. It isn't clear which channel the president was watching at that moment. What we do know, however, is that at 9:39 am, Trump took to Twitter to say that the White House is "functioning perfectly" and he actually has "very little time for watching T.V."
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
Shortly after 6 a.m., "Fox & Friends" told viewers about a "brand new bombshell report" in The Hill, which indicated that some of the memos former FBI Director James Comey recorded to document his conversations with President Trump contained "secret" or "confidential" information. The anchor explained that the report suggests Comey may have put "our national security at risk" when he shared one of the memos with a friend who in turn shared it with the New York Times. A little after 6:30, "Fox & Friends" tweeted out a clip of the segment under a caption saying that the report accused Comey of leaking "top secret information" to a friend. Both the tweet and on-air explanation mischaracterized the report, which never said that the document shared by Comey was classified. Trump retweeted the "Fox & Friends" tweet, and then at 6:40 fired off his own tweet: "James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!"
James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017
On the same morning that his daughter, Ivanka Trump, appeared on "Fox & Friends," President Trump rattled off a series of tweets that may have been prompted by the show. The tweets referenced a story that had run days before in the Washington Post, and which detailed how former President Obama and his administration had failed to thwart Russia's election interference. In the four tweets, which were written over a span of about 20 minutes, Trump accused Obama of collusion, and said that Obama did nothing about Russia's alleged meddling because he believed that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 election. Less than an hour before Trump hit send on his final tweet, the co-hosts of "Fox & Friends” had discussed what they termed the Post’s “blockbuster story."
The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2017
...and did not want to "rock the boat." He didn't "choke," he colluded or obstructed, and it did the Dems and Crooked Hillary no good.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2017
The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling. With 4 months looking at Russia...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2017
..under a magnifying glass, they have zero "tapes" of T people colluding. There is no collusion & no obstruction. I should be given apology!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2017
Shortly after the 8:00 AM hour, the co-hosts of "Fox & Friends" talked to conservative commentator Laura Ingraham about interactions between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former FBI Director James Comey regarding the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server. Within 45 minutes, Trump lashed out against Lynch on Twitter, saying she "made law enforcement decisions for political purposes...gave Hillary Clinton a free pass and protection."
A.G. Lynch made law enforcement decisions for political purposes...gave Hillary Clinton a free pass and protection. Totally illegal!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2017
During a discussion on "Fox & Friends," correspondent Ed Henry noted that the Trump administration was struggling to get its appointees, including ambassadors, approved. About two hours later, Trump complained that Democrats were acting as "obstructionists" and blocking approval of his ambassadors. As he has done in the past, Trump even tagged the show for good measure.
In three separate tweets on a Sunday morning, President Trump appeared to take cues from his favorite cable news program. At 6:25 a.m., "Fox & Friends" aired an interview with the psychologist James Mitchell, who responded to a terror attack in London by saying that the British government needs to "stop being politically correct.” Less than an hour later, Trump echoed that point in a tweet. At 7:31 a.m., Trump mocked comments that London Mayor Sadiq Khan had made responding to the attack. Ten minutes before Trump's tweet, a "Fox & Friends” co-host had asked a guest about the mayor's remarks. Later in the morning, Trump noted the absence of a "gun debate" following the London attack. "That's because they used knives and a truck!” he wrote. Shortly after 6 a.m., a "Fox & Friends” co-host had made nearly the same point verbatim.
We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is "no reason to be alarmed!"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That's because they used knives and a truck!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2017
A little after 6 a.m., "Fox & Friends" reported on-air that Democrats had spurned former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in his attempts to testify on the Russian investigation. A half-hour later, Trump echoed the assertion in a pair of tweets.
So now it is reported that the Democrats, who have excoriated Carter Page about Russia, don't want him to testify. He blows away their....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
...case against him & now wants to clear his name by showing "the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan..." Witch Hunt!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
Fox News correspondent Ed Henry was reporting live all morning at a restaurant in Lake Worth, Florida -- just down the road from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago -- where Henry was promoting his book about Jackie Robinson. Shortly before the 10 a.m. hour, Henry spoke to a group of the president’s supporters, many of them holding pro-Trump signs. “FL Diners Weigh In On President’s Performance,” read the chyron on-screen, while Henry asked the voters if they had any regrets over their vote. They didn’t. Almost 15 minutes after the segment began, Trump tweeted his thanks to Lake Worth.
CNN's Jake Tapper and Manu Raju discussed the state of play in Georgia's sixth congressional district, where a closely contested special election was underway. Tapper noted that the Democrat in the race, Jon Ossoff, has "faced tough questions" due to the fact that he lives outside the district. Seven minutes later, Trump said on Twitter that he had "just learned" about Ossoff's controversial place of residence.
The conservative author Michael Knowles appeared on “Fox & Friends” to promote his book, “Reasons to Vote for Democrats” -- a joke title; the book has 200 blank pages and very few words. Co-host Brian Kilmeade had a good laugh about it before inviting Knowles to praise Trump. “Do you think when it comes to foreign policy, the last eight years are being exposed right now?” Kilmeade asked. “It is unbelievable,” Knowles replied, “how within the first 100 days of this presidency, we have exposed the total failure of the last eight years of foreign policy.” Less than an hour later, Trump reciprocated through Twitter, paraphrasing Knowles and plugging the empty book.
"The first 90 days of my presidency has exposed the total failure of the last eight years of foreign policy!" So true. @foxandfriends— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2017
A great book for your reading enjoyment: "REASONS TO VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS" by Michael J. Knowles.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2017
Fox News correspondent Adam Housley appeared on "Fox & Friends" just after 8 to discuss his reporting on alleged unmasking of Trump officials. “We know that there was this: There was electronic surveillance of Trump and the people close to Donald Trump, including some supporters, for up to a year before inauguration," Housley said. "That information was disseminated, we’re told, through NSA channels. It’s unprecedented, I’m told, the way this was done.” A little under an hour later, Trump quoted Housley, nearly verbatim.
At 6:06 a.m., the hosts of "Fox & Friends" noted that the mainstream media had given "zero coverage" to a Fox News report claiming that a high-level U.S. intelligence official had unmasked, exposed, the names of Trump campaign associates in intelligence reports. A little less than 10 minutes later, Trump praised the "amazing reporting on unmasking," which he called the "real story."
Shortly after 7 a.m., "Fox & Friends" teased an interview with author Peter Schweizer, who would, co-host Steve Doocy promised, "blow the lid off" the story about alleged ties between the Russian government and former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Four minutes later, just before Doocy's interview with Schweizer began, Trump urged his followers to tune in.
CNN correspondent Joe Johns referred to the most recent Gallup survey, saying “there’s a new poll out suggesting the president’s approval numbers have sunk to a new low, a historic new low in fact.” Although Johns didn't specify the pollster behind the numbers, Trump tweeted 20 minutes later that he "heard Fake News CNN is doing polls again."
Just heard Fake News CNN is doing polls again despite the fact that their election polls were a WAY OFF disaster. Much higher ratings at Fox— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
Looking ahead to a congressional hearing on alleged Russian interference in the election, "Fox & Friends" co-host Steve Doocy noted that former director of national intelligence James Clapper “said there was no evidence of collusion” between the Russian government and Trump. "It looks like that story could actually be put to bed later today," Doocy said. A little more than 25 minutes later, Trump echoed that point in a series of tweets, including one dismissing "the Russian story" as "FAKE NEWS" peddled by Democrats and one referring to Clapper.
James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2017
Not long after 6:30 a.m., co-host Abby Huntsman told Fox viewers about "Snoop Dogg's disgusting attack on President Trump." The rapper had caused a stir with a music video showing him carrying out the mock execution of a clown dressed like Trump. Huntsman said the video had sparked "nationwide outrage” and drawn "the attention of the Secret Service." A little more than 20 minutes later, Trump tweeted his own observation, suggesting there would be more "outcry" if Snoop Dogg "had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama."
CNBC aired an interview shortly before 7 a.m. with LinkedIn executive editor Dan Roth, who detailed a report that measures monthly employment trends based on statistics from the site. Roth said the current pace of hiring is the strongest since the summer of 2015. Nearly 20 minutes later, Trump tweeted the same data point from the study.
LinkedIn Workforce Report: January and February were the strongest consecutive months for hiring since August and September 2015— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2017
Trump responded to a "Fox & Friends" interview with Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham, who lamented that the GOP's Obamacare replacement bill didn't improve competition across state lines. "Don't worry," Trump tweeted, seemingly at Ingraham, "getting rid of state lines, which will promote competition, will be in phase 2 & 3 of healthcare rollout."
Trump tweeted that Russia "ran over" Obama, who he called "weak." Only ten minutes before that tweet, "Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade said that Russia "ran right over" Obama for eight years. Trump once again tagged "Fox & Friends" in the tweet.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney appeared on the program shortly after 7 am to promote the Republicans' bill to replace Obamacare, which he said was not really "affordable care" but instead "affordable coverage." Trump did his part to promote the GOP's "wonderful new" bill -- while also lashing out at Obamacare -- with a tweet less than 10 minutes later.
Our wonderful new Healthcare Bill is now out for review and negotiation. ObamaCare is a complete and total disaster - is imploding fast!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2017
Shortly after "Fox & Friends" flashed a graphic claiming that 122 former detainees at Guantanamo had "re-engaged in terrorism," Trump tweeted out the same figure, wrongly pinning the blame on former President Obama for the recidivism. Trump's tweet, which came about a half-hour after Fox promoted the graphic on Twitter, ignored that 113 out of the 122 detainees who re-engaged in terrorism were actually released by former President George W. Bush -- not Obama. The Fox & Friends segment, notably, did not claim that Obama released the detainees.
122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama Administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield. Just another terrible decision!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 7, 2017
Reporting from a pro-Trump rally, a Fox News correspondent asked one supporter, "Who was it who said, ‘Tell Vladimir that after the election I'll have more flexibility?'" The correspondent was talking about a comment President Obama made in March 2012, talking to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and referring to a U.S.-led NATO missile defense system, that was picked up on a hot mic. It appeared in a Trump tweet less than 15 minutes after it aired on Fox News. As with other tweets, Trump tagged "Fox & Friends."
"Fox & Friends" conducted an interview with Nick Adams, the author of the book "Green Card Warrior." At the outset of the discussion, co-host Steve Doocy asked Adams about Trump's push to move toward a "merit-based" immigration system. "Steve, that's a brilliant idea," Adams replied. "That's exactly what needs to happen." About 20 minutes after the interview ended, Trump promoted the book on Twitter (and even tagged "Fox & Friends" for good measure).
CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter discussed a New York Times TV advertisement with “New Day” anchor Victor Blackwell. The ad, which is about the importance of truth, is the Times’ first TV spot in seven years. About 10 minutes after the segment, Trump called the ad “a bad one” meant to save the Times’ “failing reputation."
Businessman and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain lamented that he hadn't heard "anybody talk about" a particular data point out of Trump's first month in office. "Did you know that the national debt in President Trump's first month went down $12 billion?" Cain said. "In the 44th president's first month, it went up $200 billion." A little more than 40 minutes later, Trump cited the same figures, which he said the media had overlooked.
The media has not reported that the National Debt in my first month went down by $12 billion vs a $200 billion increase in Obama first mo.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017
Fox anchor Abby Huntsman cited State Department figures showing that 72% of refugees to be admitted into the United States from February 3-11 came from the seven countries affected by Trump’s immigration ban. About a half-hour later, Trump tweeted the same statistics.
72% of refugees admitted into U.S. (2/3 -2/11) during COURT BREAKDOWN are from 7 countries: SYRIA, IRAQ, SOMALIA, IRAN, SUDAN, LIBYA & YEMEN— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017
The hosts of "Morning Joe" read an excerpt from a blog post published on Lawfare, which cited a statute that perhaps gave legal cover to Trump’s immigration order. Moments later, Trump quoted the very same excerpt in a tweet.
LAWFARE: "Remarkably, in the entire opinion, the panel did not bother even to cite this (the) statute." A disgraceful decision!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2017
CNN's Chris Cuomo interviewed Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who had said the previous day that Judge Neil Gorsuch, Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, had expressed misgivings with the president's public attacks on a federal judge. Prior to the interview, Trump tweeted that Blumenthal had mischaracterized Gorsuch's remarks -- despite the fact that a Gorsuch spokesperson confirmed them -- and also mocked the senator for lying about his Vietnam War service years ago.
Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave "service" in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
A discussion on "New Day" touched on the previous weekend's edition of SNL, including one sketch that portrayed White House chief strategist Steve Bannon as the de facto president. "This image of Bannon pulling his strings has got to hurt because he knows it's widely believed," said anchor Chris Cuomo. CNN's senior media correspondent Brian Stelter, appearing on the same panel, noted that Trump had thus far "declined to tweet about it."
I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
CNN revealed the findings of its latest poll, which showed that Trump's approval rating of 44% lagged well behind past presidents. Trump took to Twitter a half-hour later to denounce “[a]ny negative polls” as “fake news.”
Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
A protest at the University of California-Berkeley was the topic of conversation on "Fox & Friends" this morning, with the hosts noting that some demonstrators had thrown rocks at cops. The protest led to the cancellation of a planned event featuring right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. "Here's what's troubling," said host Steve Doocy. "Berkeley was the home of the free speech movement in the 1960s, and last night there was no free speech. A betrayal of Berkeley's colorful history."
If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
The hosts of Fox News Channel's morning show mocked the technical malfunctions that occurred the night before at a protest held by Democratic leaders, where Nancy Pelosi struggled to be heard due to a faulty microphone. "If you want to know how not to have an event," said co-host Steve Doocy, "this is it."
Nancy Pelosi and Fake Tears Chuck Schumer held a rally at the steps of The Supreme Court and mic did not work (a mess)-just like Dem party!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2017
Conservative activist Gregg Phillips was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo about his unfounded claim that millions of illegal votes were cast. Phillips offered no evidence to support his assertion, but Trump – tweeting about an hour later – said he was eager to see the final results.
Look forward to seeing final results of VoteStand. Gregg Phillips and crew say at least 3,000,000 votes were illegal. We must do better!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2017
Fox News anchor Abby Huntsman reported on an editorial by Chelsea Manning that was critical of President Obama's time in office. Huntsman suggested that Manning had described Obama as a "weak leader," although the term was not used in the piece. As Huntsman spoke, a banner describing Manning as an "ungrateful traitor" appeared on screen.
Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2017
"The O’Reilly Factor" segment featuring Horace Cooper, included the following statistics about Chicago's crime rate: “228 shootings in 2017 (up 5.5% from last year” and “42 homicides in 2017 (up 24% from last year).”
If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
NBC correspondent Ari Melber filed a report saying that “companies are willing to deal with this as a PR issue” to avoid critical tweets from Trump. Melber also said that, according to companies he had spoken to, Trump’s job creation and preservation “is very small or nonexistent.” Those remarks were made earlier in the morning.
Totally biased @NBCNews went out of its way to say that the big announcement from Ford, G.M., Lockheed & others that jobs are coming back...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2017
No wonder the Today Show on biased @NBC is doing so badly compared to its glorious past. Little credibility!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2017
CNN released its latest poll that morning, and a segment at 8:01 a.m. on New Day highlighted that 53% of Americans are less confident now in Trump. The chyron said, “TRUMP BEGINS WITH HISTORICALLY LOW APPROVAL RATING.”
The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls. They are rigged just like before.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2017
Linda Bean, heiress to the L.L. Bean company, appeared on "Fox & Friends" shortly before 7:30 a.m. – roughly an hour and a half before Trump’s tweet – to talk about a boycott against her company because of a board member who supported Trump.
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota teased a panel discussion and said that, “On the campaign trail, President-elect Trump promised to protect women and make Mexico pay for the border wall. But both of those promises may soon be broken.” Trump tweeted about the border wall and the "dishonest media" less than 10 minutes later.
The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter appeared on television all morning discussing the network's new book, "Unprecedented," about the 2016 election. Stelter's final appearance came about 40 minutes before Trump tweeted about the book. During that appearance, Stelter said the cover photo of Trump was taken a couple weeks after Election Day: “It turns out on Election Night, Trump wouldn’t let any photographers behind the scene … Maybe that’s because Trump was not expecting to win on Election Night.”
@CNN just released a book called "Unprecedented" which explores the 2016 race & victory. Hope it does well but used worst cover photo of me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
Various media outlets and pundits say that I thought I was going to lose the election. Wrong, it all came together in the last week and.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
I thought and felt I would win big, easily over the fabled 270 (306). When they cancelled fireworks, they knew, and so did I.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
Chicago’s crime statistics were all over the news the day Trump tweeted about the city's murder rate. But a segment on CNN ran a little more than 90 minutes before Trump's tweet. During the segment, the same statistics cited in the Trump tweet appeared on screen.
Chicago murder rate is record setting - 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
Shortly after 5 a.m., CNN reported on a “potential conflict of interest” for Trump, citing sources who said he would remain as an executive producer on "The Celebrity Apprentice."
I have NOTHING to do with The Apprentice except for fact that I conceived it with Mark B & have a big stake in it. Will devote ZERO TIME!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2016
CNN's Erin Burnett conducted an interview with Chuck Jones, the president of United Steelworkers 1999, who disputed Trump's claim that he saved 1,100 jobs at the Carrier plant in Indiana. "I think he ought to make sure he gets all the facts straight before he starts talking about what he's done," Jones said in the interivew.
Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2016
Fox News Channel ran a segment about a protest at Amherst College after the school stopped flying all flags. The school's decision came after students allegedly burned an American flag to protest Trump’s electoral victory.
Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016
Additional contributions by Megan Pendergrass and Jill Disis