Newsweek has reported that as of Wednesday morning, President Trump’s weekly schedule had nothing but his daily intelligence briefing and a lunch with his Vice President. His lunch was on Monday, and the briefing was on Wednesday.
Trump has recently reopened the government after the longest shutdown in history without his money for a border wall. He insists that he did not concede, but is simply continuing negotiations after the reopening of the government.
Trump’s empty schedule may indicate that he is busy with border security negotiations.
In an announcement Friday, Trump said, “We really have no choice but to build a powerful wall or steel barrier. Let me be clear. If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down on February 15, or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws and Constitution of the United States to address this emergency.”
Democrats, who waited out an excruciating 35-day government shutdown, are not likely to give in to Trump’s requests for border wall funds now that the government is reopened.
Trump has tweeted prolifically this week, sending out eight tweets in less than three hours on Wednesday morning. He addressed a range of issues, including the bipartisan committee that was given the task of handling border security negotiations.
Trump tweeted, “If the committee of Republicans and Democrats now meeting on Border Security is not discussing or contemplating a Wall or Physical Barrier, they are Wasting their time!”
He also used twitter to congratulate himself on the outcome of talks with North Korea and his avoidance of a nuclear conflict.
“At the end of the previous administration, relationship was horrendous and very bad things were about to happen. Now a whole different story,” Trump tweeted. “I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un shortly. Progress being made-big difference!”
On Wednesday, the White House gave a statement saying that Trump has spoken with Juan Guaido, the interim president of Venezuela, and congratulated him on his takeover and intention of moving the country closer to democracy.
In October, Trump’s schedule was similarly clear. His nine hours of “executive time” was three times the total time his briefings, official meetings, and public appearances took. He used his unstructured time to tweet.