Trump says he was 'forced' to watch CNN in the Philippines

  • President Donald Trump says he was "forced" to watch CNN in the Philippines.
  • Trump did have some extra time in the Philippines as meetings ran late and he left the trip earlier than expected.


President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that he was "forced" to watch CNN during a trip to the Philippines, despite having stated that he doesn't watch the network.

"While in the Philippines I was forced to watch @CNN, which I have not done in months, and again realized how bad, and FAKE, it is. Loser!" Trump tweeted.

A review of Trump's schedule in the Philippines shows he had some spare time.

Trump unexpectedly left the East Asia Summit in Manila after lunch because meetings were running late. He left behind Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to speak on his behalf.

While Trump was in the Philippines, CNN's coverage largely centered around new revelations in the investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia.

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U.S. President Donald Trump walks past Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte after posing for a family photo during the ASEAN-US 40th Anniversary commemorative Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Manan Vatsyayana/Pool
Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, U.S. President Donald Trump, Philippine's President Rodrigo Duterte and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pose for a family photo during the ASEAN-US 40th Anniversary commemorative Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Manan Vatsyayana/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with President of the Philippines�Rodrigo Duterte as they participate in the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a bilateral meeting with President of the Philippines�Rodrigo Duterte alongside the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Donald J. Trump (L) shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R) before the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila, Philippines,13 November 2017. REUTERS/Mark R. Cristino/Pool
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (L) talks to US President Donald J. Trump (R) before the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila, Philippines,13 November 2017. REUTERS/Mark R. Cristino/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte during the gala dinner marking ASEAN's 50th anniversary in Manila, Philippines November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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US President Donald J. Trump (L) talks to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (R) before the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017. World leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summits. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND POOL / Mark R. CRISTINO (Photo credit should read MARK R. CRISTINO/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump (L) and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attned their bilateral meeting on the sideline of the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017. World leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summits. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday, when Trump was in Manila, his attorney general repeatedly defended himself against allegations that he had lied to the House Judiciary Committee about his knowledge of the Trump campaign's plans to make contact with Russia during the election.

Trump reportedly hates bad coverage of himself on TV, and sometimes yells at the screen during negative coverage. He consistently calls major media networks "fake news" and challenges their credibility. 

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