Great Moments in Euphemizing
January 8, 2018

President Trump's actual schedule, as opposed to the "sanitized ones released to the media and public," typically starts with three hours of "Executive Time" from 8-11 a.m., "which almost always means TV and Twitter time alone in the residence," says Jonathan Swan at Axios, citing officials. Trump almost always retires to the residence by 6 p.m., and there are usually several hours of "Executive Time" sprinkled in among a meeting or two, starting with an 11 a.m. intelligence briefing, Swan reports, based on actual schedules he was shown. During his 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. stretch in the West Wing, Trump "spends a good deal of time making phone calls and watching cable news in the dining room adjoining the Oval."

Trump's official day used to begin earlier than 11 a.m., with breakfast meetings and other public activities, but "he didn't like the longer official schedule and pushed for later starts," Axios says. Trump aides tell Swan that Trump is "always doing something" and that some of them "wish he would sleep more," but his "unstructured and undisciplined" time in his East Wing residence is similar to how he managed the Trump Organization.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Axios that Trump's morning hours are "a mix of residence time and Oval Office time" that always include phone calls "with staff, Hill members, Cabinet members, and foreign leaders," adding, "The president is one of the hardest workers I've ever seen and puts in long hours and long days nearly every day of the week all year long." You can read more and see examples of Trump's real schedule at Axios. Peter Weber

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