MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Monday torched President Donald Trump’s work ethic after another round of private presidential schedules were leaked over the weekend.
Records released by Axios on Sunday show that Trump spent 50 percent of four days last week enjoying unstructured “Executive Time.”
Trump insists that the executive time isn’t spent relaxing, but Scarborough ridiculed Trump’s chest-pounding as “an absolute joke,” citing previous reports that also show Trump as having huge blocks of free time every morning.
“We’ve seen one account after another, one person working for Trump after another, saying he often just hunkers down upstairs in the personal quarters,” Scarborough said on Morning Joe. “He spends the majority of his time watching cable news and tweeting, yelling, staring at TV sets like an old man that is in a retirement home instead of a president of the United States who is supposed to be working 24 hours a day.”
Scarborough wasn’t done comparing Trump, 72, to a listless retiree living in a home.
“I’m sure most older men in retirement homes live far more active lives than does Donald Trump,” Scarborough said. “But for these people that come out and suggest, and for Donald Trump to suggest he’s worked harder than most any president before him is just an absolute joke.”
Scarborough, a former GOP Congressman, did concede that Trump was number one at something.
“Historians will record, when this presidency is over, that Donald Trump was the laziest president ever to occupy the Oval Office,” Scarborough said, “And did less work than any other president to ever to occupy the Oval Office, full stop.”
Minutes later, Trump responded to Scarborough on Twitter.
“No president ever worked harder than me (cleaning up the mess I inherited)!” Trump whined.
No president ever worked harder than me (cleaning up the mess I inherited)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2019
It backfired spectacularly. Trump was clearly watching television.
This tweet came just seconds after Joe Scarborough said on Morning Joe that historians will record that no president ever worked less than Trump. https://t.co/b7RpMObC54
— Toluse Olorunnipa (@ToluseO) February 11, 2019
But he doesn't watch a lot of tv….
— Anne Bryant (@sci_teacher117) February 11, 2019
Yeah, and he claims he never watches Joe despite often responding to them.
He is transparent about some things. Just not his taxes and crimes.
— Vote Blue (@Serendipity7845) February 11, 2019
We are not stupid.
… at tweeting and watching TV.
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) February 11, 2019
He literally says this as he leans back in his recliner and cracks open his 4th diet coke of the morning during Executive Time (aka Sit on Your a** and Tweet Time) in the White House Residence…
"No president ever worked harder than me”
— Ryan Hill (@RyanHillMI) February 11, 2019
Sitting on the couch tweeting and watching TV is not "working".
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) February 11, 2019
Than "I." Work harder on grammar.
— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) February 11, 2019
This is your fourth “I work hard!” tweet in the last two days.
Methinks the lady doth protest too much, Donald.
— MatthewDicks (@MatthewDicks) February 11, 2019
Dude. You been on vacation one-third of your presidency.
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) February 11, 2019
Honestly, who does Trump think he is fooling?