Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' propensity for falling asleep at meetings is not helping his standing in the eyes of President Trump, who is already frustrated with the 80-year-old over "no good," "terrible" trade deals, Axios reports.
"Wilbur is good until about 11 a.m.," one former administration official admitted. Politico's Eliana Johnson tweeted that she has heard similarly:
White House officials rallied to defend Ross, with National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn telling Axios that "Secretary Ross remains an important member of the president's economic team" and United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer adding that "Secretary Ross and I work together every day."
Neither confirmed nor denied reports of Ross' sleeping habits.