On Friday morning, the White House made an announcement that, by now, has become expected. The president will travel out of D.C. to hold a campaign rally next Thursday, this time in West Virginia. Unusual for a president but not atypical for President Trump.
The travel news that was unusual on Friday, though, was a trip that the president made to Long Island, N.Y. It is, by our count, only the second time since he’s been president that Trump has visited a state that Hillary Clinton won without traveling there either (1) for an event related to the military or (2) to visit one of his own properties.
We looked at Trump’s minute-by-minute schedule last week as he marked his sixth month in office. Over that period, this is how Trump’s time broke down.
What this means is that we have a complete accounting of the minutes Trump has spent in various places — including in states he did or didn’t win.
Take that rally in West Virginia. He has held a number of similar rallies, all in states that he won: Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Iowa. Occasionally, he’ll pair his trip to a rally with something more work-related, such as when he stopped by a VFW hall in Ohio before his recent rally in Youngstown. But those various trips have added up to a lot more time spent in red states than blue ones — again, leaving out trips to his own properties.
About half of Trump’s blue-state trips have been to Virginia, and most of those were for military-related events. Some others: A visit to Delaware to meet the body of a soldier killed in a raid in Yemen. Trips to Norfolk to speak from the deck of an aircraft carrier. A trip to Manhattan to commemorate a battle from World War II. Only for a trip down the Potomac for a conservative political conference in Maryland and Friday’s jaunt to Long Island to speak out against gang violence has Trump gone to a blue state. In total, he’ll have spent about 24 hours of his time in office in blue states by the end of today, compared with 41 hours in red states.
Of those 41 hours, there’s another exception worth noting. That trip to Iowa, which included a visit to a community college and a rally, took him about 40 miles west of the Mississippi for about three hours. That is the sum total of Trump’s time in the western half (well, western two-thirds) of the continental United States.
Again, these numbers are excluding visits to his own properties. Those trips dwarf his trips to other states for politics or work.
(All of these numbers exclude travel, by the way.)
Trump has made one trip west of the Mississippi and 13 trips to his golf course in Sterling, Va. He has spent the equivalent of two solid days at that course, though never overnight — 18 times as much time as he has spent on the other side of our nation’s longest river. Oh, and twice as long as he has spent visiting blue states as president and eight hours longer than he has spent visiting red states.
There is another weekend between now and his trip to West Virginia, though. If recent history is any guide — he’s spent time at one of his courses on every Saturday and Sunday this month when he wasn’t overseas — that margin will likely grow.