May 2017 brought Trump to physical exhaustion. He was under great political
pressure at home, especially after the May 17 appointment of Robert Mueller
to lead a special counsel investigation into Trump's activities. The next day
Trump left on an 8-day 6-country trip. 1
homebody, who apart from the White House, seldom sleeps away from Trump
properties or dines outside Trump restaurants,"
Trump flew out from Washington, DC around 2:20 pm on May 18 aboard Air Force 1,
on his first international trip as President.
Having worked during most of the 12 hour 20 minute flight to Saudi Arabia,
sleeping "barley a wink," he landed in Saudi Arabia at 9:42 am local time on May 20 ...
just in time for a full day's work. 1
Day 2: "He stifles yawns. His eyes narrow. And ultimately, when he
garbles part of his speech [May 21], an aide explains that President Donald Trump
is `just an exhausted guy.'"
(The garbling was substantial.) After the speech, he cancels
an appearance at a Twitter forum in Riyadh 1
Day 3: Now in Israel, "he was blinking through an appearance with Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu" 1
On short notice Trump cancels a speech at Masada when he learns access must be by
cable-car, not by helicopter 3
Day 8: At the May 27 G7 meeting in Taormina, Sicily, he
rode a golfcart 700 yards to a photo-shoot while the other leaders all walked
. (Six years earlier, two of Dr. Zebra's
friends, then aged 91 and 86, easily walked the entire length of Taormina.)
May 31: Shortly after midnight Trump makes his famous "covfefe" [sic] gaffe
in a tweet, which is quickly deleted 2
Even into June he appeared to be conserving energy, by
driving a golf cart onto the green (a major violation of golf etiquette)
to save walking a few feet
Two years later, Trump's status in summer 2019 was described by a sympathizer as:
"He's exhausted ... He's very tired. [His opponents] have worn him down."