We're all familiar with the fact that Trump doesn't like to read intelligence reports, and he doesn't read a lot of books, even though he is the "author" on a number of them.
You would likely assume that he doesn't spend much time reading newspapers, but that is actually not true.
Every morning before dawn, according to current and former White House officials, Trump has four daily newspapers — The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post — delivered to the White House residence.
In addition to his diet of major newspapers, Trump relies on paper copies of articles culled from elsewhere each day by his staff. The papers and printouts are cherished tools that allow him to monitor the coverage of his administration, reward allies and rebuke critics with dashed-off personal notes.
Because Trump doesn’t use a computer or read the news online, the staff secretary’s office prints out the Drudge Report every day to show the president, according to a former White House official.
Trump wields his daily print clipping ritual as both carrot and stick, praising those who praise him and torching his critics. His outbox is also an internal management tool, a tactic to buck up sagging staff morale during a tumultuous first term.
The intelligence community exploits Trump’s hardwired preference for print as well. Visually arresting infographics and hard copy, high-resolution maps sometimes make their way into the President’s Daily Brief, or PDB, to help Trump comprehend complex national security matters. Intelligence officials know that he best digests complex information when it is coupled with visual aids and laid out on a tactile page, according to an administration official.
Unlike Trump, Barack Obama reads a LOT of books:
In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2012, he also admitted that he reads a lot of newspapers - and he watches very little TV.
"Home late at night, I’ll catch snippets of that. I think Jon Stewart’s brilliant. It’s amazing to me the degree to which he’s able to cut through a bunch of the nonsense – for young people in particular, where I think he ends up having more credibility than a lot of more conventional news programs do.
I spend a lot of time just reading reports, studies, briefing books, intelligence assessments.
I’ll thumb through all the major papers in the morning. I’ll read the Times and Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, just to catch up.
Do you read Paul Krugman?
I read all of the New York Times columnists. Krugman’s obviously one of the smartest economic reporters out there, but I also read some of the conservative columnists, just to get a sense of where those arguments are going. There are a handful of blogs, Andrew Sullivan’s on the Daily Beast being an example, that combine thoughtful analysis with a sampling of lots of essays that are out there. The New Yorker and The Atlantic still do terrific work. Every once in a while, I sneak in a novel or a nonfiction book.
I thought you were going to say Playboy.