Real estate tycoon, entrepreneur, playboy, reality TV show host, beauty pageant owner, father, grandfather, and of course, the 45th President of the United States. Donald Trump has an impressive CV. Maybe even the greatest. Believe me.
Born June 14, 1946, to real estate mogul Fred Trump and Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, “The Donald” was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. A student of the New York Military Academy, a private boarding school, Trump had an affluent upbringing. He attended Fordham University, and two years later, transferred to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a BSc in Economics in 1968.
Donald Trump has had a very colorful adult life. It seems as if he has always been in the limelight; that’s because he pretty much has been in the spotlight ever since he graduated college. The son of a successful New York real estate investor and developer, Trump’s family was well-off. With help from his father and using his own business acumen, Donald started to build a fortune in the construction industry.
In 1982, he landed a spot on the Forbes list of wealthy people, as he held a share of his family’s net worth, which, at the time, was an estimated $200 million.
Despite much scrutiny about his finances, in 2015, Forbes estimated that Trump’s net worth was $4.5 billion, and in 2018, it was an estimated $3.1 billion. In 2021, his net worth was an estimated $2.4 billion, making him one of the wealthiest presidents in US history.
While Donald Trump has always attracted a degree of media attention, it went into hyper-drive when he was elected the 45th president of the United States in 2016. Over his four years in office (between 2017 and 2021), he was constantly in the news and experienced a never-ending barrage of mostly negative press.
Whether you love him or hate him, you have to admit that Trump has lived a very full life. Despite a gruelling routine, he doesn’t show any sign of slowing down. How does he juggle it all?
The following is a snapshot of a day in the life of Donald J Trump.
Inside a day in the life of Donald Trump
Donald Trump starts his days early. According to Business Insider, he rises at about 5:30 am.
He usually skips breakfast. If he does eat what many consider the most important meal of the day, he generally opts for bacon and eggs. It isn’t clear what he does when he first wakes; however, it’s been reported that he usually starts the day watching Fox News, and before his Twitter account was suspended, “tweeting”.
It’s also been reported that he jumps right into work, checking emails and making and answering phone calls.
When Donald Trump was President, he reportedly left his residence in the White House and headed to the West Wing by 11:00 am, where he would “officially” start his day. It was reported that he would often skip his daily intelligence briefings (formally known as the “President’s Daily Brief”), preferring oral briefings, instead.
As you would expect of the president, Trump’s daily events and meetings varied while still in office. However, there was always an unspecified block of time on his schedule, which was identified as “executive time”, which was up to two hours and 45 minutes long. During this time, he did not hold official meetings or make official appearances. Ever under scrutiny, he received a great deal of criticism; particularly after at least one block of time spanned nine hours. It’s been said that John Kelly, Trump’s Chief of Staff, implemented the “executive time” when the then-president complained that he didn’t have enough time to think during the day.
After his day wrapped up, Trump would have dinner at around 6:30 pm in the White House, often in the company of guests of his choosing. Kid Rock, Matt Drudge, and Sean Hannity were just some of the famous guests that were invited to dine with the then-president. He wasn’t one for eating out, but when he did depart the White House, he would usually opt to have dinner at the steakhouse at the Trump Hotel.
Regardless of where he ate, some of Trump’s favorite meals included meatloaf, steak, and Diet Coke, and for dessert, he would enjoy a slice of pie topped with two scoops of ice cream.
Donald Trump’s bedtime was unknown when he was President. However, much like Margaret Thatcher, it has been reported that he needs only a few hours of sleep. He claimed that getting a few hours of sleep a night was a successful tactic.