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Report: Trump Schedules More Time for Rage-Tweeting

Written by SK Ashby

Given the nature of the job, your typical president starts the day much earlier than many people do, but Trump is not a real president.

According to Axios, Trump has altered his daily schedule to give himself more time to watch Fox News and tweet about it.

President Trump is starting his official day much later than he did in the early days of his presidency, often around 11am, and holding far fewer meetings, according to copies of his private schedule shown to Axios. 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 tell us.

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.

This means I start the day earlier than Trump does, and I am not the president. George W. Bush, on the other hand, had me beat by a mile by starting his days at 6:45 am.

Axios also reports that Trump resumes watching TV and tweeting about it when he retires for the evening at around 6 pm, but I think we could have figured that out just by looking at the time stamps on his tweets.

Taken together, we can estimate Trump only spends about 5 or 6 hours each day actually performing official duties. But that's just what his schedule says. It feels far too generous to say he's actually acting as president that amount of time each day. What does he actually do besides yell at the TV, yell at the phone, and sign whatever Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan send to him?

You can't tell me Trump spends any measurable amount of time formulating policy proposals aside from the fleeting moments of lucidity in which he has ideas that vanish as soon as they're observed.