Today, Politico reported some rather startling insight into president Donald Trump's daily work schedule: that there is barely any work in it.
Politico obtained a batch of schedules outlining the president's day, revealing huge swathes of normal working hours are dedicated to "Executive Time" -- a "euphemism" as Politico reports, "for the unstructured time Trump spends tweeting, phoning friends and watching television."
Typically, Trump spends no more than three hours of his day doing official meetings, policy briefings and public appearances, and nine hours, of well, whatever he feels like doing:
The president was slated to spend 30 minutes on the phone with CEOs and make brief remarks at a state leadership conference. He was briefed by senior military leaders in the evening and joined them for dinner. Aside from an 11:30 a.m. meeting with White House chief of staff John Kelly — his first commitment of the day — the rest of his day was unstructured, some in blocks as long as 2 hours and 45 minutes.
A review of one week of the president’s private detailed schedules, from Monday Oct. 22 through Friday Oct. 26, showed the president had more free time on Tuesday than on any other day that week, but his Tuesday agenda was hardly atypical.
The Politico piece did report that his aides insisted Trump's 'unorthodox' schedule did not mean the president wasn't working or being productive, but it isn't hard to read between the lines.
“He might read something in the paper and immediately you’d get an impromptu meeting on trade,” an aide with knowledge of Trump's schedule told Politico. “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.”
In other words, when Trump gets done watching Fox and Friends, he will occasionally request a meeting where he'll make outrageous demands his staff are now trained to completely ignore.
Make no mistake though, this is by no means a bad thing. The less real work Trump does, the better the country will be off without him. However, it does show once more how utterly incompetent and unqualified he is to be running the largest, most powerful democracy on earth. Because Trump is not only stupid, he is lazy too.