According to an investigation by Politico, President Donald Trump‘s daily schedule allows for three times more “executive time” than it does for actual official work time. In case you’re wondering, “executive time” is what the White House staff calls the time Trump spends watching cable news, calling friends on the phone, and tweeting.
For example, according to Politico, Trump was “slated for more than nine hours of ‘Executive Time,'” while “official meetings, policy briefings, and public appearances” took up only a little bit more than three hours of his day. Who knew being President could involve so much free time?
Some White House staffers did say that Trump is “productive” during that “executive time,” calling Cabinet members and world leaders and scheduling meetings. But past reporting has shown that he mostly uses that time to call his friends to complain about how negatively he’s portrayed in the news.
The Politico report also showed that Trump doesn’t usually start working until about 11 a.m. But we know, because of his tweets, that he gets up early. So what is he doing with all that time? You guessed it—watching Fox & Friends.
Additionally, the report illustrates that Trump spends a lot more time on the “performative aspects” of the job, like his signing ceremonies and interviews with the press, than he does on actual policymaking. Somehow, this is not surprising.