President Donald Trump’s work day appeared to be off to a slow start on Wednesday, with the commander-in-chief apparently unable to make his commute from the White House residence to his West Wing office by 11 am, MSNBC reported.
On Tuesday, President Trump skipped his Presidential Daily Briefing and cancelled a scheduled lunch with Vice President Mike Pence.
NBC News Pentagon Correspondent Hans Nichols revealed Trump’s late start during a discussion with MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi.
“Let’s talk about what happened prior to the president doing whatever he did yesterday afternoon at about 3:00 pm, there was an unscheduled principals meeting fo the National Security Council,” Velshi noted. “We also know that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo got involved, as did the vice president.”
“We know the subject was Helsinki, it was Russia,” Nichols reported. “We don’t know if the president was there and we have strong suspicion he wasn’t, because he wasn’t in the West Wing yet.”
“Now I got to tell you, I just walked past the West Wing, always that telltale sign if the Marine guard is outside, that means the president is in the West Wing,” Nichols noted. ‘At 11:00, the president was still apparently in the residence.”
When the president is in the West Wing, a lone Marine sentry will stand guard, which publicly signals the commander-in-chief is at work.
The White House has used the euphemism “executive time” to refer to time Trump carves out for himself to be away from aides.
Trump reportedly likes to spend “executive time” watching Fox News, tweeting, and calling unofficial advisors.
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has claimed Trump uses “executive time” to call him.
During his pre-work “executive time” on Wednesday, Trump busied himself by tweeting Kremlin talking points.