President Trump says he’s ‘very active.’ His schedule doesn’t. Washington Post ^ | May 12, 2017 | Philip Bump

President Trump says he’s ‘very active.’ His schedule doesn’t.
Washington Post ^ | May 12, 2017 | Philip Bump

Posted on 5/13/2017, 10:09:00 AM by lowbridge

President Trump woke up angry on Friday.

By 9:30 a.m. Eastern, he’d already tweeted seven times, railing against the media and the investigation into possible ties between his campaign and Russian interests. In one tweet, he defended his deputy press secretary for having offered an explanation for the firing of FBI director James B. Comey that Trump himself later contradicted.

As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017

Trump went on to say that, since the media held his staff to the ridiculous standard of not providing false information, perhaps he would cancel press briefings entirely. That garnered a good deal of attention.

But we’d like to focus on one part of the tweet above: The part where he says he’s very active.

He isn’t. Or, at least, if he is, it’s not on his calendar.

We went back and looked at the daily schedule provided by the White House, a running and frequently-updated list of the meetings that Trump has planned on any given day. On the weekends, his schedule is generally pretty light, which isn’t unusual. What’s unusual is that, of late, Trump’s schedule has been awfully light during the week, too.

Here’s what’s been on his calendar since two months ago today, Sunday, March 12.

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