President Donald Trump remains hard at work… making sure the omelets move through his golf club in Palm Beach, Florida. This weekend, literally just a day after declaring the country was in a state of emergency over a supposed crisis at the southern border, an anonymous source photographed the president chilling out at his golf course and patronizing an omelet bar with all of the urgency of a commander-in-chief who’s most definitely not presiding over an actual national emergency.
Check out the picture, via journalist J.D. Durkin, below:
just in — a source at the Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach just texted me this photo taken a short time ago.
omelette bar: pic.twitter.com/eWqMbdRTwW
— J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) February 16, 2019
It’s certainly not new for the president to waste away his time at some leisurely activity. He’s spent more than 20 percent of his presidency overall at one of his golf properties, spending 168 days at golf clubs branded with his own name of his first 757 days in office. He’s been at Trump-branded properties overall almost a full 30 percent of his presidency so far.
On top of these obvious public displays of disregard for the rigor of the job, in recent weeks, months worth of the president’s work week schedules leaked, and they revealed massive swaths dedicated to the enigmatic concept of “Executive Time.” A total of around 60 percent of his time between the midterm elections and February 1 went towards the undertaking, which the president insists is simply more time for him to work — although putting the pieces his administration has left together paints a much different portrait.
He wastes away most mornings watching cable television and tweeting about it, and he’s only around for official business in the late morning, when he receives an intelligence briefing that he hasn’t even always bothered to take seriously. Anonymous intelligence officials told TIME Magazine of efforts to get the president into their material via “visual aids, confining some briefing points to two or three sentences, and repeating his name and title as frequently as possible.”
Still, they say, he often insists on “willful ignorance” of the facts at hand, which again squares up with his public behavior. He has, for instance, dismissed apparent intelligence community assessments that the Saudi Arabian government was responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and he’s similarly and infamously dismissed reports about the role of Russian interference in U.S. elections.
Despite all of this — including his repeated trips to the golf course, as exemplified by the photo of Trump at one of his omelet bars Durkin shared this week — Trump wants us to believe he is not just one of the best, but the hardest working president in history.
Just recently, he ranted on Twitter:
‘No president ever worked harder than me (cleaning up the mess I inherited)!’
There’s some more of that “willful ignorance” those anonymous intelligence officials were talking about.
In reality, Trump just keeps falling further and further into his egotism and leaving reality far behind. There is no basis for his most recent claims that there is some kind of special criminal threat from undocumented immigration warranting a national emergency declaration.
Kellyanne Conway’s husband George — who often criticizes the president — mockingly quipped that his Saturday omelet run was an “emergency round.”
An emergency round. https://t.co/uOijMZjSFG
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) February 16, 2019
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