A shocking new report from Axios details exactly how much time President Trump spends working – or more accurately, how little. Even worse, over the past year the amount of time spent working has dropped dramatically.
After seeing a copy of the president’s daily schedule, the website reports that Trump normally doesn’t start his day until 11am because he’s too busy watching TV, talking on the phone, and playing on social media.
That’s right, the president is basically a teenager holed up in his room chatting with his friends to avoid the adults in the house.
While Obama arrived for work around 9am and George W Bush showed up early at 6:45am, our current president likes to ease into his day. Trump may be known for never sleeping, but he’s found plenty of ways to occupy his time.
Reportedly, not only does he begin work late in the day, he also tends to block out “executive time” so he can do his own thing without interruption. That “executive time” tends to take up most of his time.
They include these random examples from this week’s 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” at 12pm, then lunch for an hour, then more “Executive Time” from 1:30pm.
In response to the article, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did what she always does. She bloviated, denied, and flattered the ego-in-chief.
“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,” Sanders said in a statement to Axios.
“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.”
Trump has been to his golf clubs at least 88 times in the past year at a cost of over $46 million to taxpayers.