Posted by: maboulette | December 11, 2017

President Trump’s Normal Day


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The New York Times on Saturday presented a lengthy look at Donald Trump’s presidency on the inside with an article written with information received from by “60 [presidential] advisers, acquaintances, friends and members of Congress.” This piece  shows a president who has made almost no steps toward being a capable statesman and instead continues to do things his way, hoping he can reinvent his role on his own terms that are ill-defined. His presidency has mostly been defined by the president’s highly evident insecurities and ego that is out-sized. “Despite all his bluster, [Trump] views himself less as a titan dominating the world stage than a maligned outsider engaged in a struggle to be taken seriously.” Also, this man seems able to tear himself away from his television only long enough to take in a few rounds of golf.

Here are nine of the craziest revelations from the Times article.

  1. HE WATCHES A TON OF TELEVISION, BUT THEN LIES ABOUT IT.

As soon as he wakes around 5:30 am each morning, Trump turns on cable news and channel-hops throughout the day. Fox News shows like “Fox & Friends,” along with programs hosted by Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Jeanine Pirro, which offer reliably flattering coverage, give the president “comfort and messaging ideas.” Trump reportedly “hate watches” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and CNN, particularly Don Lemon, to get “fired up.”

THOSE CLOSE

Those close to the president told the Times they “estimate that Mr. Trump spends at least four hours every day, and often as much as twice that, in front of a tv, sometimes with the volume muted.” (According to staffers, “[n]o one touches the remote control except Mr. Trump and the technical support staff — at least that’s the rule.”)

He also lies about his level of TV ingesting. During a recent trip to Asia he insisted reports about his television obsession were based on “fake sources,” out of fears it would bolster “criticism that he is not taking the job seriously.”

  1. HE’S ERRATIC, AND HIS BEHAVIOR IS OFTEN DETERMINED BY HOW HIS LOOK ON NEWS COVERAGE IS.

Trump chiefly begin tweeting from his iPhone shortly after waking and taking in cable news headlines, even dashing off messages “while propped on his pillow.” Staffers are careful to keep an eye on “Fox & Friends” live in the morning for a guide to the president’s headspace and a sense of how difficult the day will be.

“if there is anyone on the show who says something notable and Mr. Trump does not tweet immediately about it, the staff knows he may be saving Fox News for viewing later on his recorder and instead will be watching MSNBC or CNN live — meaning he is likely to be in a really foul mood to begin the day.”

UNPREDICTABLE

But moodiness means that the president is unpredictable at every turn; cranky and volatile one moment and personable the next. “Several of his advisers said the president may curse them for a tiny transgression…then make agreeable small talk with the same person minutes later.”

  1. HE STILL DOESN’T READ, AND NEEDS BRIEFINGS TAILORED TO HIS SHORT ATTENTION SPAN.

Trump has previously acknowledged that he doesn’t read because he imagines he has “a lot of common sense.” His scorn for knowledge has been a consistent marker of his approach to U.S. intelligence. Post-election, Trump defended his practice of skipping most daily briefings by noting he didn’t need “to be told the same thing in the same words every single day” since he is “like, a smart person.” He now gets verbal updates each day, with staffers noting he has “become more attentive during daily intelligence briefings thanks to sharp presentations by Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director.” 

“He really loves verbal briefings,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told the Times. “He is not one to consume volumes of books or briefings.”

  1. HE DRINKS UP TO 12 DIET COKES A DAY.

According to a new book by one-time campaign Trump staffers Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, “On Trump Force One there were four major food groups: McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza and Diet Coke.” (Another Trump staffer told Axios“Big Macs were served on silver trays in his private jet.”) The Times reports that Trump puts away two six-packs of Diet Cokes every single day, which he guzzles while (what else?) channel surfing and spouting off to anyone within earshot.

Watching cable, [Trump] will talk about what he is thinking with anyone in the room, even a member of his household staff that is summoned via a button for lunch or one of the dozen Diet Cokes he consumes each day.”

  1. FOR ALL HIS COMPLAINTS ABOUT HIS NEWS COVERAGE, HE ABSOLUTELY HATES NOT BEING TALKED ABOUT.  

According to insiders, Trump gets unhappy when he doesn’t see himself obviously featured among the day’s stories. Who would have thought a narcissist with the most fragile of egos would badly need any kind of attention he can get?

STUNNED OUTSIDERS

To a degree that would shock outsiders, Mr. Trump, the most talked-about human on the face of the earth, is delighted still when he sees the name Trump in the headlines. And he is on an unceasing pursuit to see it there every day. One former top adviser said Mr. Trump grows uncomfortable after there is a few days of peace and cannot handle watching the news without seeing himself in it.

  1. HE CONTINUES FABRICATING HIS OWN TRUTH.

Nearly everyone in Trump’s orbit Times writers spoke with “raised questions about his capacity and willingness to differentiate bad information from something that is true.” That jibes with a recent report from the Washington Post that even behind closed doors, the president traffics in conspiracy theories and falsehoods, raising absurd questions about Barack Obama’s birth certificate, insisting he actually won the popular vote and suggesting 2005 Access Hollywood footage of him bragging about grabbing women’s pussies may not be real.

  1. HE THOUGHT BEING PRESIDENT WOULD BE LIKE RULING A MONARCHY.

Trump had never held a role in the military or government before the election and was clearly uninterested in politics or policy. During the campaign season, he promised to defend non-existent Articles of the Constitution, while as president, he revealed complete ignorance about Abraham Lincoln’s membership in the Republican Party of yore. After eight years of enduring racist taunts about every move he made, the Wall Street Journal reported that President Obama had to “spend more time with his successor than presidents typically do” because Donald Trump was so out of his depth coming into the job.

THOUGHT HE WOULD BE KING

In April, Trump told Reuters that being president is “more work than in [his] previous life,” and that he’d thought leading the country “would be easier.” Which is dunderheaded for all the obvious reasons, but also because Trump essentially thought winning the U.S. presidential election was akin to becoming king, per the Times report.

UNREALISTIC EXPECTATION

Mr. Trump’s trying adjustment to the presidency, people close to him say, is fixed in an unrealistic expectation of the powers he had assumed to be more similar to the popular image of imperial command than the sloppy certainty of having to coincide with two other branches of government.

The story goes on to note that “Trump expected being president would [entail]…ruling by fiat, exacting tribute and cutting back-room deals.”

  1. NANCY PELOSI OFFERED THIS BLATANT AND TOTALLY UNDISGUISED SHADE.

“[H]e was absolutely unprepared for this. It would be like you or me going into a room and being asked to perform brain surgery. When you have a lack of knowledge that is as great as his, it can be bewildering.”

  1. DESPITE THE MERE FIVE YEARS THAT SEPARATE THEM, TRUMP MADE FUN OF BERNIE SANDERS’ AGE.

While giving a White House tour to four Democratic legislators, Trump began speculating on who might run against him in 2020. He suggested Bernie Sanders would almost certainly run “even if he’s in a wheelchair,” and then mocked both the aged and disabled by “making a scrunched-up body of a man in a wheelchair.

 

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