No. Seriously. This is exactly what I expect.
Axios managed to get a look at President Trump’s new schedule – not the cleaned up, made for the commoners schedule that was shown to the media – but his actual schedule.
What Trump is actually doing on a typical day is: Not much.
Early on in his presidency, the days began earlier and ran longer, but he groused and complained about breakfast meetings that began at 10:30am.
By contrast, President George W. Bush was in the Oval Office by 6:45am. President Obama would work out in the mornings and be in the Oval Office between 9am and 10am.
Trump’s schedule has changed to include something called “Executive time.”
What’s that, you ask?
He sits around the presidential residence from 8am to 11am, tweets and watches TV.
Trump’s days in the Oval Office are relatively short – from around 11am to 6pm, then he’s back to the residence. During that time he usually has a meeting or two, but spends a good deal of time making phone calls and watching cable news in the dining room adjoining the Oval. Then he’s back to the residence for more phone calls and more TV.
So that’s a 7 hour day – 6, if you take out the 1 hour lunch he takes.
Axios gave some random examples from this week’s actual schedule:
- On Tuesday, Trump has his first meeting of the day with Chief of Staff John Kelly at 11am. He then has “Executive Time” for an hour followed by an hour lunch in the private dining room. Then it’s another 1 hour 15 minutes of “Executive Time” followed by a 45 minute meeting with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. Then another 15 minutes of “Executive Time” before Trump takes his last meeting of the day — a 3:45pm meeting with the head of Presidential Personnel Johnny DeStefano — before ending his official day at 4:15pm.
- Other days are fairly similar, unless the president is traveling, in which case the days run longer. On Wednesday this week, for example, the president meets at 11am for his intelligence briefing, then has “Executive Time” until a 2pm meeting with the Norwegian Prime Minister. His last official duty: a video recording with Hope Hicks at 4pm.
- On Thursday, the president has an especially light schedule: “Policy Time” at 11am, then “Executive Time” at12pm, then lunch for an hour, then more “Executive Time” from 1:30pm.
This is where Trump’s fawning devotees tell us that as a demigod, Trump’s hours are not like those of mere mortals. He does what would take a common man 4 hours to do in a single hour.
What this is not proof of is that as an elderly man of dubious mental capacity, Trump doesn’t have the stamina or attention span to maintain a normal work day.
Don’t believe it? Just ask Sarah Huckabee Sanders. You can trust her, because she has absolutely nothing to lose by telling the truth, right?
- “The time in the morning is a mix of residence time and Oval Office time but he always has calls with staff, Hill members, cabinet members and foreign leaders during this time. The President is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen and puts in long hours and long days nearly every day of the week all year long. It has been noted by reporters many times that they wish he would slow down because they sometimes have trouble keeping up with him.”
That’s because he’s speeding away in his limo or on a golf cart, but, whatever.