Trump: I moved up signing ceremony because of TV coverage

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE said Friday that he moved up the signing ceremony for the Republican tax bill after watching network news questioning whether he would sign the bill before Christmas.

“I was going to wait for a formal signing sometime in January, but then I watched the news this morning,” Trump said. “And they were all saying, ‘will he keep his promise, will he sign it by Christmas?”


“You were one,” he added, appearing to point at one reporter.

Trump said he told his staff to "get it ready, we have to sign it now.”

“We were going to wait until Jan. 7 or 8, but every one of the networks was saying, ‘will he keep his promise, will he sign it for Christmas, before Christmas,” Trump said.

Trump added that while the ceremony wasn’t “fancy, it’s the Oval Office, it’s the great Oval Office.”

The president previously claimed that he doesn’t have much time to watch television because he’s “reading documents. A lot.”

A New York Times report earlier this month said that Trump spends up to eight hours a day watching television. Trump fired back, attacking the report as "false" and the newspaper as "failing." The president frequently criticizes "fake news" and has launched personal attacks on reporters.

Trump at the event offered pens from the signing ceremony to members of the media.

“We have them, many of you have worked very hard, many of you have worked very, very fairly and we really appreciate that,” Trump said. “So here you go folks.”