Trump, who has repeatedly claimed he doesn’t watch CNN, angrily live-tweets CNN segment

From his private golf club, the president says he's "working hard."

CREDIT: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
CREDIT: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

At 7:32 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, President Trump proclaimed that despite the fact he’s scheduled to spend the next two weeks away from the White House at his private golf club in New Jersey, he’s still working hard.

About three minutes later, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) joined CNN for an interview. At one point, Blumenthal was asked if he’s worried that the Trump-Russia scandal might distract Democrats from focusing on issues that affect Americans more directly, like the economy.

Blumenthal said that while he understands voters may have more pressing concerns than Russia, “the Russia investigation, the empanelment of the grand jury, shows that Bob Mueller is pursuing this potential wrongdoing by the Russians, the attack on our democracy, seriously and diligently.”

He went on to mention the Trump campaign’s possible role in the scandal.

“There is no minimizing or underestimating that attack by the Russians,” Blumenthal continued. “It was purposeful and relentless, and it involved propaganda and hacking into our voting machines — or at least an attempt to do it — and potential collusion by the Trump campaign, and then obstruction of justice. That investigation must be pursued.”

Blumenthal’s comments apparently interrupted whatever work Trump was doing. Despite the fact that the president has repeatedly claimed he doesn’t watch CNN — “I don’t watch CNN anymore,” he said in April, and “I don’t watch CNN… I don’t like watching fake news, he said in February — Trump made clear he tuned in for Blumenthal’s interview by tweeting out a string of attacks against the senator that hit his Twitter account less than 15 minutes after it ended.

In 2010, Blumenthal admitted to exaggerating his Vietnam War-era military record. Trump, meanwhile, was granted five deferments and never served. In 1997, Trump characterized his struggle to avoid contracting STDs as “my personal Vietnam.”

“It’s amazing, I can’t even believe it. I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world, it is a dangerous world out there,” Trump told Howard Stern. “It’s like Vietnam, sort of. It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave solider.”

On Saturday, Trump tweeted that his 17-day trip to New Jersey “is not a vacation – meetings and calls!”

Later that same day, he was photographed riding around in a golf cart, clubs in tow.