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A White House source has leaked nearly every day of President Trump's private schedule for the past 3 months to Axios' Alexi McCammond.
What the schedules show: Trump, an early riser, usually spends the first 5 hours of the day in Executive Time. Each day's schedule places Trump in "Location: Oval Office" from 8 to 11 a.m.
Trump's first meeting of the day — usually around 11 or 11:30 a.m. — is often an intelligence briefing or a 30-minute meeting with the chief of staff.
Some days, Executive Time totally predominates. For instance, he had 1 hour of scheduled meetings on Jan. 18 (with acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin) and 7 hours of Executive Time.
Between the lines: The private schedules we published below do not list all Trump's meetings over the past three months.
The president sometimes has meetings during Executive Time that he doesn't want most West Wing staff to know about for fear of leaks. And his mornings sometimes include calls with heads of state, political meetings and meetings with counsel in the residence, which aren't captured on these schedules.
The longer view: Chris Whipple, a student of presidential schedules who wrote the book 'The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency," told us that "there's almost no [historical] parallel" for how this president spends his days.
Responding to Axios' reporting, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders emailed this statement: "President Trump has a different leadership style than his predecessors and the results speak for themselves."
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President Donald Trump’s time management — or lack thereof — is without recent historical precedent. To put our new reporting on his schedules in context, we spoke with former top aides to presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
Trump has the least in common with George W. Bush.
Barack Obama was similarly disciplined. But unlike Bush, he would sometimes stay up until 2 a.m. reading.
Trump's approach to scheduling most resembles Bill Clinton's early days, according to presidential historian Chris Whipple.
Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Feb. 1. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
Trump’s fancy-free scheduling approach is no mistake. In "The Art of the Deal," he explained that he thought too much planning curbed his creativity and impeded his thinking.
Between the lines: Trump believes to his core, one former senior White House official told Axios, that he's better off not preparing for some meetings. He thinks preparation hinders his ability to read the room and act with spontaneity, this former aide said.
One of the key challenges for his staff: He doesn't like long or complex documents.
A large crowd of anti-Maduro protesters in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: Roman Camavia Getty Images
Thousands of rival protesters hit the streets of Venezuela's capital, Caracas, yesterday — many pushing for the replacement of Nicolás Maduro with self-proclaimed interim successor Juan Guaidó, and others rallying behind Maduro, the BBC reports.
Why it matters: International pressure has been mounting on Maduro since President Trump and other world leaders said they considered Maduro illegitimate due to rampant election fraud and that they recognized Guaidó as Venezuela's leader, in line with the Venezuelan constitution.
What's next? "Military support is seen as crucial to Mr Maduro's hold on power."
National security adviser John Bolton is publicly urging others in the Venezuelan military to defect from Maduro.
The House will vote this week on the Veterans' Access to Child Care Act, according to a Democratic House leadership aide.
The Senate will vote on Monday "to adopt the bipartisan McConnell amendment to S1 (the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act) and then move to final passage of S1 before the end of the week," according to a Senate GOP leadership aide.
President Trump's public schedule for the week ahead, per a White House official:
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Kevin Warsh had prepared deeply for his interview with President Trump. It was the fall of 2017, and Trump had narrowed his search for the next chairman of the Federal Reserve down to four candidates. Warsh was one of them.
"You're a really handsome guy, aren't you?" Trump said, per the friend. "How old are you?"
This was not a one-off. Trump often tells powerful men how handsome they are. It's one of his favorite compliments. At one global gathering, he told the husband of one female official that he was so handsome he was "glad I don't have to compete with you," according to a source who witnessed the exchange.
At a trade meeting with members of Congress at the White House the week before last, Trump lifted up a board to show the room some charts. In doing so, he covered Rep. Robert Aderholt's face. He then joked to the congressman, "I don't want to cover you up. You're such a good-looking guy."
During a Montana MAGA rally in October, Trump launched into a diatribe about the failed nomination of Ronny Jackson to head Veterans Affairs. Praising his former White House physician, he told the crowd what "a handsome, wonderful father" Jackson was.
The president also has a high view of his own looks.
Game 3 of the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues, July 11, 2018, Brisbane, Australia. Photo: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
It's come to my attention that some Sneak Peek readers will be watching the Super Bowl tonight. It's also come to my attention that some Sneak Peek readers are unaware of a way better sport: Rugby League.