However, according to the Times, the President went on to complain later that day that the only thing he could watch while in the Phillippines was CNN.
Throughout his day, he will spend at least four hours watching cable TV news and sometimes as much as eight, according to aides who spoke to the Times.
There's also the little matter that President Trump is busy calling CNN anchor Don Lemon the "dumbest man on television" as New York City is reeling from a potential terror attack, with a would-be suicide bomber being thwarted near Times Square at the Port Authority bus terminal.
"Believe it or not, even when I'm in Washington or NY, I do not watch much television", Trump said.
The report, which claimed the President marked up negative news stories with a black sharpie, elicited an angry Twitter tirade from Mr Trump at the time.
The Times reported that about 5:30 each morning, Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House's master bedroom.
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He'd been emotional since the beginning of the press conference and this was the moment he cracked the most. Peter (@TwinsPrez) tweeted. "There's a lot of love, a lot of people that were behind both of us", he said.
Meanwhile, the NYT says, "the West Wing team at times resolved not to let the tweets dominate their day", talking about Trump's staff as though they're embattled war widows just trying to keep calm and carry on as the Blitz rattles their windows.
However the man himself denies watching hours of TV news having told reporters last month: "Believe it or not, even when I'm in Washington or NY, I do not watch much television".
White House staffers told the magazine that the President takes two scoops of ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, while everyone else gets one. Instead of responding through an aide, he delivered a broadside on his viewing habits to reporters on Air Force One. "I know they like to say - people that don't know me - they like to say I watch television". "I do not watch much television", he said last month. But I don't get to watch much television, primarily because of documents.
We know what you're thinking: How in the hell could anyone with a full-time job squeeze in eight hours of TV-watching? "I'm reading documents. A lot", Trump continued.