Trump's Shortened "Work" Day

Axios reports Donald Trump is spending less time in the Oval Office and at meetings. He's spending more time in his private residence, watching TV, tweeting and making phone calls.

The schedules shown to me are different than the sanitized ones released to the media and public. 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.

As compared to G.W. Bush and Obama:[More...]

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.

Of course, 11:00 am is only one hour before lunch, and Axxis reports Trump spends a "good deal of time" in the dining room next to his office making phone calls and watching cable TV. Axios quotes these examples from his "real schedule" this week:

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.

.. 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 1:30p

Why I'm not surprised: We knew from his campaign days he reportedly has a short attention span. He probably can't sit still at a desk long enough to accomplish anything but a photo-op.

I also suspect Trump is bored, which frequently happens when people don't understand the conversation in the room around them, or the conversation doesn't focus enough on them personally to keep them interested.

Sara Saunders disagrees. When asked to respond to the Axios article, she didn't disagree with the time schedules or where Trump was, but she spinned this alternative version of his "executive time."

"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."

I won't be surprised if after Trump's tenure at the oval office desk is over, he goes on some late night TV show and says it was a really boring job.

The only time Trump seems focused and not bored is at his own rallies where his under-informed supporters turn out to cheer him and his bizarre alternative version of events. I think the more time he spends at rallies and on AF One, the less time he spends on policy and making decisions. That's a good thing, except when his equally uninformed children sit in his place, in which case it's a toss-up as to what's worse.

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    I am so excited (5.00 / 4) (#7)
    by Peter G on Mon Jan 08, 2018 at 11:52:45 AM EST
    to have a wonderful new name for sitting around in my favorite recliner, with music on the radio, reading the newspaper and The Nation: "executive time."

    I am not retired. My schedule is (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by caseyOR on Mon Jan 08, 2018 at 11:59:40 AM EST
    jam-packed with "executive time" appointments.

    Yes, I also have enjoy "executive time" (5.00 / 3) (#9)
    by Towanda on Mon Jan 08, 2018 at 02:39:00 PM EST
    Indeed, I just woke up from my midday "executive time."

    Still spending too much time (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Jan 07, 2018 at 09:10:31 PM EST
    In the Oval Office

    Maybe (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jan 08, 2018 at 07:26:15 AM EST
    He wants to make time for this -

    Initial talks underway about Trump interview in Mueller Russia probe

    Been saying this is coming to a head.  This would indicate it is.   It's been said all along interviewing Trump would come at the end.

    It's been said March "comes in like a lion".  We will see if it goes out like a lamb.

    Or (none / 0) (#3)
    by FlJoe on Mon Jan 08, 2018 at 08:55:54 AM EST
    maybe just sending a well written note explaining that the collusion was "consensual"
    A second source told NBC New that the president's lawyers are considering whether Trump could avoid the interview by signing an affidavit affirming his innocence and denying any collusion with Russia during his election campaign.
    no harm no foul...or something.

    Yeah (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Mon Jan 08, 2018 at 09:10:02 AM EST
    That'll work.

    I saw Preet Bharara and another legal guy discussing this on Sunday (before this latest reporting).  They said Trump might not be interviewed.  They said what usually happens is the investigators put their case together and then give the target an opportunity to "clarify" any difficulties.  A chance to say no that happened this way and not that way or this is why that was not illegal.

    In the end they disagreed on Trump testifying.  Bharara said he probably would the other said he would not.

    Gotta say I'm with the latter opinion.  I can not imagine Trumps keepers allowing him to be interviewed.  Anyone else.  Not Trump.

    It will fun to find out who is right.


    Yeah, I read that Trump wants (none / 0) (#10)
    by Towanda on Mon Jan 08, 2018 at 02:44:16 PM EST
    questions in writing, for replies in writing, instead of an interview.

    In other words, a take-home test.

    I kniw the sort of student who begs for takr-home tests, because they think that take-home tests will be easier. Nope. That pedagogy definitely has its purposes, but not to make testing easier. Instead, we raise expectations about results.


    I think Mueller would never agree to written (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by smott on Tue Jan 09, 2018 at 10:00:26 AM EST
    Perhaps a mtg not under oath , but w option to file False Statements charges?

    Else a subpeona to go before the Grand Jury in which Trump would have to take the 5th, not a good look.
    I'd actually be interested to see if he even has the focus and discipline to continue to respond w the 5th or whether he'd just have to shoot off his mouth and torpedo himself.


    Apparently, Trump and his "lawyers" (none / 0) (#5)
    by Anne on Mon Jan 08, 2018 at 09:38:04 AM EST
    are unfamiliar with the presumption of innocence?

    Why would he need to sign an affidavit asserting something he has a presumption to?

    In my wildest dreams, I cannot imagine Trump sitting down with Mueller or anyone from his team and making things better for himself.

    But it isn't hard to imagine Trump just wanting the lawyers to get out of his way so he can dazzle the Mueller team with his stable genius.

    I am still seething over the notion that Trump thinks his time is well-spent putting on Fake News award shows.

    My eyes are bleeding.


    The sole purpose of such a "meeting" (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Peter G on Tue Jan 09, 2018 at 12:07:01 PM EST
    is to provide the prosecutor insurance for an already-locked-up case, by affording the egotistical suspect/target (whom defense lawyers would often refer to in this setting as a "putative defendant") with an opportunity to add false statements counts to the indictment, thus making him look worse if he were to opt later for a jury trial. Typically, if the suspect already has a lawyer, that lawyer will know better than to fall for it.

    Where's my Roy Cohn? (none / 0) (#11)
    by KeysDan on Mon Jan 08, 2018 at 04:10:33 PM EST
    Trump is waiting on his finding a scabrous attorney to represent him, as in the olden days.  

    I can't imagine there are too many (none / 0) (#6)
    by Anne on Mon Jan 08, 2018 at 09:48:18 AM EST
    people who think Donald Trump is one of the hardest workers anyone's ever seen, but then I guess Sarah Sanders isn't being paid to tell the truth.

    I guess this is what you get when someone runs the country like a business that's failed over and over again.  

    Well, you don't (none / 0) (#12)
    by KeysDan on Mon Jan 08, 2018 at 04:20:43 PM EST
    get to be a stable genius without hard work. Those horse stalls don't clean themselves.  It requirea some clever shoveling to keep so many Republicans conned.