Unlike his predecessor, President Donald Trump chafes at being scheduled, sitting through hours of policy meetings and being kept from his phone and television for long chunks of time.
These unusual preferences have created a presidential schedule unlike any other, with Trump’s days officially starting in the late morning or afternoon, and usually only punctuated with a couple of events, largely political in nature.
According to a Monday Politico report, every President has different preferences. Barack Obama stayed up late; George W. Bush woke up early. Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter made calls in the middle of the night when issues or ideas arose.
Trump varies from his peers in that he tends to avoid the brunt of policy-making altogether. According to schedules obtained by Politico, Trump spent only two hours on policy last week. He received the Presidential Daily briefing just twice in five days. In contrast, Obama averaged about six to seven hours of policy meetings per day, according to his deputy policy chief of staff Nancy-Ann DeParle.