The President’s daily schedule is an official White House document that details the president’s public activities: national intelligence briefings, cabinet meetings, lunches with administration officials, speeches, ceremonial duties, state dinners, press conferences, travel, and so on.
Technically titled, “Daily Guidance and Press Schedule,” it includes anything that is not of a confidential nature that the administration does not believe the public has a right to know about or, for national security, should be told about. The events do not have to be open to the press or the public to appear on the president’s daily schedule.
The White House Office of the Press Secretary releases the President’s Daily Schedule the night before, so Thursday’s schedule is published Wednesday evening.
For example, here’s the President’s schedule for Friday, December 21 (courtesy of Gizmodo Media Group’s Kinja Public Press Pool reports):
It included several bill signing ceremonies, nothing more.
It is also the last day, for 12 days, the White House even released a schedule for the president.
The press office resumed posting President Trump’s schedule Tuesday night, for Wednesday.
Here’s the President’s schedule for today, Thursday:
Now, on rare occasions, an empty schedule could mean a surprise visit to an active military zone, like Afghanistan.
We’ll see if President Trump does that today.
Americans should also be aware that the President has not had daily national intelligence briefings, at least on his schedule, since April 5, 2018. The “daily intelligence briefing” became an irregular “intelligence briefing” after that. The White House has not listed an intelligence briefing for President Trump since December 19.
President Trump was scheduled to receive an intelligence briefing four times in December. There is no way to determine if he did, in fact, receive them.
He was also slated to receive just four intelligence briefings in November, 10 in October, eight in September, and eight in August.
FactBase, which say it tracks “every word” from President Trump, last week released this stunning analysis of how little President Trump actually works. It says President Trump “has the latest start for any President since 1933, and the shortest office time.”
For 2018, @realDonaldTrump has his first meeting, on average, at 11:18 am. #Trump has the latest start for any President since 1933, and the shortest office time. Analysis, cohort, and shared data: https://t.co/gKKMQCmScd
— Factba.se (@FactbaseFeed) December 31, 2018
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Trump Swipes at Mark Zuckerberg Asking for White House Goodies: ‘He Didn’t Do Too Well’
Former President Donald J. Trump mocked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and “big tech” during an interview on Tuesday when he appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity.
Trump meandered throughout the interview and went off on a tangent claiming he did “big things” when discussing the 2020 election. Trump said Zuckerberg visited the White House “trying to get goodies,” but that “he didn’t do too well.”
Trump added, “So I thought that he was concerned we were doing things. We were doing things. Had we had a second term, we would have had that much, really, pretty much under control. We had some incredible things planned for big tech.”
Watch the video below.
Lincoln Project Trolls Trump with New TV Ad Where He’s Currently Vacationing
According to the Sun Sentinel, the group has bought air time in the West Palm Beach market from Wednesday through Jan. 5. Trump is scheduled to be in the area until Jan. 3.
“A major pillar of The Lincoln Project’s 2020 strategy was aiming to torment an audience of one — Trump — through advertising on cable shows he’s sure to watch on channels such as Fox News,” the Sentinel reports. “That’s the aim of the latest effort, which seeks to drive a wedge between Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who will preside over the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress at which the electoral votes making Joe Biden the next president will be counted.”
The ad focuses on recent reports that say Vice President Mike Pence is “backing away” from Trumpworld’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
“When Mike Pence is backing away from you, you know it’s over,” the ad states.
Watch the ad below.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) December 22, 2020
‘A Parting Gift to Dictators’: Trump Issues Final Round of Foreign Military Sales in Middle East
On Monday, writing for The Washington Post, columnist Brian Klaas tore into outgoing President Donald Trump for a final round of foreign military sales in the Middle East that function as a “parting gift to dictators” — and suggested he could even be using them to set up a private quid pro quo down the road in his post-presidency.
“All three regimes have abysmal human rights records,” wrote Klaas. “Saudi Arabia has beheaded dissidents, subjugated women and detained female activists who have pushed for reforms, and murdered and dismembered Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The United Arab Emirates is home to torture, arbitrary detention and forced disappearances. Egypt’s dictatorship has carried
“Given past behavior, we know how these weapons will likely be used,” warned Klaas. “Despots will use them to help facilitate war crimes in places such as Yemen and the Sinai Peninsula while maintaining an iron grip over their own populations — all aided and abetted by the U.S. government.”
And even worse, Klaas argued, Trump himself could be using these sales to call in a personal favor from these countries in his post-presidency. “Once Trump leaves the White House, odds are good that he will cash in,” he wrote. “Seen in that light, the recently approved arms sales and military technology transfers are even more worrying. Are they just the beginning of a quid pro quo?”
All of this is occurring as President-elect Joe Biden alleges the Pentagon is obstructing him from getting all of the national security information he requires for the transition — something administration officials deny.
“For the past four years, Trump has painted the image of a United States that consistently sides with tyrants,” concluded Klaas. “Biden now has an opportunity to reverse Trump’s catastrophic foreign policy. He should take it.”
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