Child President

Trump Isn’t Reading His Own Executive Orders

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

According to the New York Times, Trump typically retires for the day at around 6:30 pm and then roams around the White House and tweets in a bathrobe like some kind of bizarro Lebowksi.

I'd call that good news for reasons I'll add, but the Times story also contains this alarming nugget:

Mr. Priebus bristles at the perception that he occupies a diminished perch in the West Wing pecking order compared with previous chiefs. But for the moment, Mr. Bannon remains the president’s dominant adviser, despite Mr. Trump’s anger that he was not fully briefed on details of the executive order he signed giving his chief strategist a seat on the National Security Council, a greater source of frustration to the president than the fallout from the travel ban.

When I quipped that Trump is signing whatever Bannon tells him to sign, this isn't exactly what I had in mind, but here we are. Trump clearly isn't reading the orders he signs. One wonders if you could trick him into signing his own resignation.

It's good news that Trump typically quits working for the day at 6:30 (and that his staff can't find the light switches) because that limits the number of hours in a day that Trump can destroy things.

To put it another way, if we make it to 6:30 eastern time without witnessing the apocalypse, we're probably safe for the night.

For comparison, President Obama often worked until midnight.

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  • Aynwrong

    Everybody loves the Emperor’s new robe.

  • I hope someone is checking for jars of urine in the corners.

  • Draxiar

    He doesn’t read them because, as Queen Bee Samantha has eluded to, he *can’t* read.

    • muselet

      Donald Trump isn’t illiterate, strictly speaking. He gives every indication of being functionally illiterate, though.


  • muselet

    Kevin Drum read the same NYT article and had a similar conclusion:

    This is pretty much what we all expected from Trump, but it’s still jarring to see it confirmed. He spends a lot of time in front of the television, he obsesses about polls, he keeps an eye on the daily press briefing, he seethes with anger at criticism, and he putters around whenever there are no meetings scheduled. In other words, he still thinks he’s the star of a reality TV show. He cares about his image and his ratings, but that’s about it. When it comes to making America great again, he expects his staff to take care of things.

    (“Jarring” is a milder word than I’d choose, but okay.)

    This is what happens when a lazy, incurious 70-year-old toddler is installed as President of the United States.


  • Badgerite

    “His staff can’t find the light switches”? Okay. Why does that not surprise me?

    • muselet

      “Can’t find” or “can’t figure out how to operate”?


      • Badgerite

        It’s a question. And, you know, they sit there in the dark? This is the White House. So ask somebody. “How do you turn the lights on in here?”
        Oh God. We are soooooo screwed.
        Question: How many White House aides does it take to turn on a light switch?

        • ninjaf

          Just shows that they are unwilling to ask for help with even the littlest of things. What can go wrong with that kind of attitude?

        • Aynwrong

          I’m gonna say….four. One to actually flip the light on and the other three to make sure Trump thinks he did it.