Scoop: Trump’s secret, shrinking schedule

Remember way back when Trump was thinking about offering the VP to Kasich. Allegedly the deal would be Kasich would do all of the work while Trump just gave some speeches and was the “face” of the President or however he put it. Trump has never worked a full day in his life. He just wants to show up, give a speech bragging about himself and then go watch the gorilla channel until it’s time to hit the links:

President Trump is starting his official day much later than he did in the early days of his presidency, often around 11am, and holding far fewer meetings, according to copies of his private schedule shown to Axios. This is largely to meet Trump’s demands for more “Executive Time,” which almost always means TV and Twitter time alone in the residence, officials tell us.

The schedules shown to me are different than the sanitized ones released to the media and public.

The schedule says Trump has “Executive Time” in the Oval Office every day from 8am to 11am, but the reality is he spends that time in his residence, watching TV, making phone calls and tweeting.
Trump comes down for his first meeting of the day, which is often an intelligence briefing, at 11am.
That’s far later than George W. Bush, who typically arrived in the Oval by 6:45am.
Obama worked out first thing in the morning and usually got into the Oval between 9 and 10am, according to a former senior aide.

Stedman: Oprah Would ‘Absolutely’ Run for President

No, no, no, no, NO! Can’ we start electing people who are qualified to run the country?

Oprah Winfrey laughed when Seth Meyers used reverse psychology to encourage her to run for president in 2020 (with Tom Hanks on the ticket, no less!) during the 2018 Golden Globe Awards — but almost everyone, including longtime partner Stedman Graham, is in support of the idea.

“It’s up to the people,” Graham told the Los Angeles Times. “She would absolutely do it.”

Fire and Fury

So I just finished reading Fire and Fury and some quick thoughts about it. It feels like it was kind of rushed (and I’m not talking about the release date being moved up by a week). I caught quite a few typos and awkward sentences (I understand Wolff has a bit of a weird way of phrasing sentences but usually a good copy editor will fix some of the more confusing ones if there’s time). I think the strength of the book is in the first half where he obviously was spending a lot of time in the West Wing. It gets a bit boring in the second half. But those points aside, it’s a good, fast read and everything in the book pretty much lines up to all of the leaks and reporting that you have been privy to if you have been keeping up with this administration. The part that kind of stands out to me is how much sway Jared and Ivanka (Jarvanka) has and how completely incompetent they both are. The constant bickering between the Jarvanka faction, Bannonites and Priebus is something we have read about but Wolff is able to take us a bit more behind the scenes and put you in the midst of the struggles. There really isn’t much new in the Wolff book besides Bannon’s utter contempt for the Trump family, which was implied before but now is just out there in it’s bloated, crusty, nakedness.

Would I recommend buying the book? If you are a news junkie and have been keeping up with the day to day events, it’s a nice narrative that will keep you thinking, “oh yeah, i remembered when that happened. Holy shit, that really did happen and I wasn’t dreaming it.” Also, the longer that the book remains a best seller, the more Trump will be in pain. He is much too stupid to realize how much shit he is in with Mueller, but he instinctually knows bad press when he sees it. This book is the worst kind of press for him. That’s all he really cares about.