Former President Donald Trump spent nearly four years in the White House before learning his daily schedule was being made public – at which point he ordered a lite version of the document, a former aide has testified .
The startling revelation was shared by former White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere in his testimony before the House committee on Jan. 6 that was released on Tuesday.
“Each evening, we prepared and published the daily guidelines for the day after the President’s public program. Between mid-December and late December, the president found out that for the first time, as far as I understand, we had made his public agenda public,” Deere told the Congressional panel on investigate the Capitol Riot of January 6.
“He wanted to change the way we do things,” added the former president’s communications assistant.
The White House’s daily schedule notably changed around Jan. 5, 2021, with details of Trump’s daily comings and goings at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave omitted and replaced with “boilerplate” language saying the president would “have to many calls and would have many meetings.
“And so what became the new version of the public schedule was basically a few sentences about what his day would be like, rather than specific times and event titles and a form,” Deere explained.
The guidelines written by Deere for Jan. 6 and approved by White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany read: “President Trump will be working from early morning until late evening. He will make many calls and have many meetings. The president will depart for the Ellipse at 10:50 a.m. to deliver a speech at the Save America rally.
“The first two sentences are the standard boilerplate language we started using every day. And the third sentence is the January 5 directive-specific item for January 6,” Deere told the House Select Committee.
The House panel investigating the Capitol storming and the 76-year-old former president’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results released its final report last week and found that Trump had engaged in a criminal “multi-part conspiracy” in an attempt to remain Commander-in-Chief.
The panel referred four criminal charges to the Justice Department, charging Trump with insurrection, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of an act of Congress.