Trump’s Calendar Shows He Spends 9 Hours Of ‘Unstructured’ Time Every Day, Leaving Him Free To Tweet And Watch Fox News

Politico has obtained Pres. Donald Trump’s personal schedules and looked closely at his private calendar for last Tuesday, and guess what it shows? Nine hours of “executive time” for him to do whatever he wants, with him working only three hours per day.

President Donald Trump had about three times as much free time planned for last Tuesday as work time, according to his private schedule. The president was slated for more than nine hours of “Executive Time,” a euphemism for the unstructured time Trump spends tweeting, phoning friends and watching television. Official meetings, policy briefings and public appearances — typically the daily work of being president — consumed barely more than three hours of his day.

Here’s the “work” he actually did:

  • 30 minutes on the phone with CEOs
  • 11:30 a.m. meeting with White House chief of staff John Kelly (his first commitment of the day, by the way)
  • short remarks at a state leadership conference
  • briefing by senior military leaders in the evening, followed by dinner

For the entire week reviewed by Politico, Trump spent less than two hours of his entire week on policy briefings. He received the President’s Daily Brief on only TWO of the five days that Politico reviewed.

Terrifying. Sort of. Maybe a good thing he’s not actually working. Or maybe not. He spends his time dividing our country and alienating our allies.

The entire rest of the day was completely unstructured. There were some blocks of two hours and 45 minutes. He also reportedly loves signing ceremonies and media interviews. Of course he does.

Politico further reviewed a fill week of Trump’s private detailed schedules. During the week of Monday October 22 through Friday October 26, he had more free time that Tuesday (the one we detailed above) than he did on other days, but according to Politico, that day was “hardly atypical.”

He reportedly has an “increasingly late start to the day” that has been more scrutinized in the past year, and this Politico report shows just how much of that “executive time” dominates the president’s week to allow “whims and momentary interests” to drive the tone of our nation.

“The president’s time is, in many ways, his most valuable commodity because it’s finite,” said Mack McLarty, who served as chief of staff for President Bill Clinton’s first year in office. “It reflects his priorities. It reflects what he’s trying to get done with the country.”

Contrast this with past presidents, who spent their early morning arrival in the Oval Office all the way to bedtime scheduled doing meetings and events. For Trump, though, his downtime and “bugaboos” (Politico’s word, not mine) unfortunately drive his agenda. Does he have a long-term vision? Forget about it.

“He might read something in the paper and immediately you’d get an impromptu meeting on trade,” said a person familiar with the president’s scheduling. “It’s just more impromptu than like a month in advance you have a policy time set that you’re going to work up to.”

Nice gig if you can get it, eh?

We suspect that this is exactly what his staff wants him to be doing. The more unstructured he is, the more time he spends tweeting and watching Fox News, the less chance of him blowing up the world and dividing our country. Maybe they need to start letting him golf more so that his supporters will stop killing people.

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