Failed policy and legislation attempts, abandoned campaign promises, widespread turnover in the cabinet and staff positions, reports of a chaotic, out of control White House, and the ever growing concern over Trump’s mental health all paint a picture of an administration without a grip on how to run a country or even function somewhat coherently.
One factor in painting this picture is Trump’s daily schedule, as his leisurely schedule in light of the enormous task of being President of the United States suggests that both may indeed be true.
For example, the schedule that Trump’s handlers provide to the media looks much different than the schedule that Trump actually follows each day. An Axios reporter has been given information by someone inside the White House about Trump’s private schedule.
The report shows that Trump starts his official work day often around 11am, which includes “far fewer meetings” than when he first took office. “This is largely to meet Trump’s demands for more “Executive Time,” which almost always means TV and Twitter time alone in the residence”, officials told Axios.
The schedule shown to Axios shows:
- The schedule says Trump has “Executive Time” in the Oval Office every day from 8am to 11am, but the reality is he spends that time in his residence, watching TV, making phone calls and tweeting.
- Trump comes down for his first meeting of the day, which is often an intelligence briefing, at 11am.
- That’s far later than George W. Bush, who typically arrived in the Oval by 6:45am.
- Obama worked out first thing in the morning and usually got into the Oval between 9 and 10am, according to a former senior aide.
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.
Another interesting point to be made is that the Axios reports points out that Trump’s “workday” ends by 6pm, when you cross reference that with the staffers quoted in Michael Wolff’s book, you’ll see that they say he’s usually in bed by 6:30pm.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave the following response to the article by Axios:
“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.”
You’ll have to draw your own conclusion here, but for a man that campaigned on stamina (slamming Hillary for her “declining” health), according to at least one Trump official, he sure doesn’t look like a guy who can work more than seven hours per day out of bed.