Sharpie-sniffing Trump discovers he can change White House décor without getting personally billed

The New York Times reports: Trump remains intensely focused on his brand, but the demands of the job mean he spends less time monitoring the news media — although he recently upgraded the flat-screen TV in his private dining room so he can watch the news while eating lunch.

He often has to wait until the end of the workday before grinding through news clips with Mr. Spicer, marking the ones he does not like with a big arrow in black Sharpie — though he almost always makes time to monitor Mr. Spicer’s performance at the daily briefings, summoning him to offer praise or criticism, a West Wing aide said.

Visitors to the Oval Office say Mr. Trump is obsessed with the décor — it is both a totem of a victory that validates him as a serious person and an image-burnishing backdrop — so he has told his staff to schedule as many televised events in the room as possible.

To pass the time between meetings, Mr. Trump gives quick tours to visitors, highlighting little tweaks he has made after initially expecting he would have to pay for them himself. [Continue reading…]

Donald Trump, a man of “fixed habits,” is famous for his preference for Sharpies. Sharpies contain industrial solvents and even if his pen of preference isn’t chosen on the basis of the effects on his brain, decades of toxic exposure could in part account for the glazed expression in Trump’s eyes. “Chronic inhalant abuse may result in serious and sometimes irreversible damage to the user’s heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, and brain. Brain damage may result in personality changes, diminished cognitive functioning, memory impairment, and slurred speech.”

Sharpies aside, Trump is clearly indifferent or ignorant about the elements of behavior that contribute to good health.

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