Trump Threw Tantrum After Spotting Melania's TV Tuned To CNN: Report

It's no secret that President Donald Trump dislikes CNN—frequently referring to the network as part of the "fake news" media and espousing his preference for Fox News. But, apparently, his dislike of CNN is such that he doesn't even want his loved ones watching the channel.

According to an email obtained by The New York Times, President Trump "caused a bit of a stir" onboard Air Force One after he spotted his wife's TV tuned in to CNN, the newspaper reported.

The email, which also requested that the president and first lady should have two additional TVs so that they could watch their own shows in separate hotel rooms while travelling, said TVs should be tuned in to Fox News as standard protocol going forward.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump. The president was reportedly miffed when he saw his wife's TV tuned in to CNN. Reuters

The first lady and the president are said to have separate nighttime routines, with the president locking himself in his room to eat cheeseburgers and watch TV, according to Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, while his wife sleeps in a separate room. President Trump has slammed Wolff's book as fiction.

The recent incident aboard Air Force One came amid Trump increasingly lashing out against the media over the ongoing Russia investigation, his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his visit to the U.K.—which saw him call his own exclusive interview with the British newspaper The Sun "fake news" and refuse to answer a question from a CNN reporter at a U.K. press conference. He said he wanted to take questions from "a real network": Fox.

And speaking on Tuesday night in Kansas City at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention, the president laid in to NBC for running a report he didn't like while continuing his tirade against CNN.

"I saw a piece on NBC. It was heart-throbbing," Trump said. "They were interviewing people. They probably go through 20 and then they pick the one that sounds like the worst. But they went through a group of people. 'In fact, I wanted to say, I've got to do something about this Trump.' Terrible. And that piece was done by the lobbyists and by the people that they hire. It was a total setup."

"Don't believe the crap you hear from these people—the fake news," Trump added. "What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening."