He's lazier than we even imagined.
The leak included Trump's private schedule for almost every day over the past three months, starting with the day after the midterm election. They paint a picture of Trump expending part-time effort despite having a very real full-time job. In a transparent attempt to cover up Trump's lazy habits, his daily schedule refers to these activities as "executive time."
"Executive time" allows Trump to spend hours upon hours in his residence indulging in social media and cable television, safely secluded from staff, meetings, and actual work. Trump rarely bothers to show up for work in the Oval Office before 11 a.m., spending the mornings "watching TV, reading the papers, and responding to what he sees" by either calling aides, friends, or just firing off a series of unhinged tweets.
The leaked schedules show Trump spent more than 297 hours in "executive time" over the past three months. That's almost four times as many hours as Trump spent in meetings (77 hours), and about eight times as many hours as he spent at events (38 hours).
Trump's lazy approach to his job has "almost no [historical] parallel," Chris Whipple, author of "The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency," told Axios.
The rotten fruits of Trump's "executive time" are often on full display in Twitter tantrums he throws early in the morning. Between 8:50 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, for example, Trump lashed out at his own intelligence chiefs, who contradicted Trump on a number of topics such as North Korea, Iran, and ISIS. According to his schedule, his tweets were in the middle of a three-hour block of "executive time," which lasted from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.
In addition to being unfit for the job, Trump is showing over and over again that he's just too lazy to govern.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.