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()President Donald Trump’s departure for Tokyo on Friday kicks off a summer of global jet-setting that takes him to five separate — and confines him to the ial rcraft for more than 80 hours overs.

“It’s like being held captive,” one official sd of traveling with the on Air Force One.
Current and former officials have described trips as grueling endeavors accompanied by long hours, but several privately sd the fs overs are easily the worst. The duration can stretch n 20 hours. Sleeping is limited. The teles are streaming Fox News constantly. And if the lines flashing across the bottom of the are unfavorable to their boss, des k it’s to buckle up for a turbulent .
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    The boards Air Force One Friday for the 14-hour flight to Tokyo, and his staff is gearing up for a particularly hellish . An event the previous day was supd to focus on relief for farmers who have been hurt by tariffs, but it quickly devolved into a venting session for Trump, who called the Democratic House speaker “crazy” and sd Democrats were trying to inflict a “thousand stabs” on him.
    “Keep stabbing,” he sd in the Roosevelt Room, while surrounded by farmers in cowboy hats.
    This account is based on s with five current and former officials who have traveled with the on One. is epected to notch 36,000 miles of travel this , including two trips each to and .

    Once sought-after, dreaded

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    When first took office, staffers clamo to travel on overs trips. But , in the third year of his presidency, several officials sd they do their best to avoid staffing the trips because of the chaotic nature that typicy ac them.
    During international fs, typicy remns in the front cabin. He does four , the current and former des sd: eats, es tele or reads newspapers, talks with staff and cs and ies back home as he zips away into foreign skies.
    will spend hours ing cable news coverage recorded on a TiVo-like or sifting through dboard boes of newspapers and magazines that have been lugged aboard. He’ll summon sleeping staffers to his office at moments the rest of the plane is dark, impatient to discuss his upcoming meetings or devise a to something he saw in the .
    has long insisted that he is treated unfrly by the news , and if he sees something on tele that bs him — “which he invariably will,” one official quipped — he instructs his staff to fi it, no matter if they are at the or over the Ocean. Often, instead of ing over his remarks for upcoming bilateral meetings or paging through a briefing book, the will fiate on the negative line that day, griping that none of his pecessors has been through such treatment.

    ‘He will not go to sleep’

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    Once, when a staffer went to catch a few hours of shut-eye before landing, the sent an de to come wake them so he could discuss a matter that was on his mind.
    “He will not go to sleep,” sd one person.
    has taken a sleeping pill occasiony, his doctor told s last year. But he never sleeps much — four or five hours per night at the — and sleeps even less on his plane, according to who travel with him. Instead, he will hold court for hours on end, despite staffers encouraging him to join first lady in the private cabin and get some rest. And the chit chat is not always — the will quiz staffers about s or catch up on gossip.
    In any administration, long overs trips are arduous undertakings that often require long jet-lagged hours with little sleep. Aside from the ’s own bedroom, One is not fitted with the type of lie-flat ts that are commonplace in commercial classes.
    When staffers can sleep, finding is a problem. With no ated sleeping spots, they clm miniature couches or lean back in office chrs and prop their feet up on the desk. Some spread out on the floors of conference rooms or on leather benches along the side of the plane, and more soned staffers have learned to bring yoga mats to soften the floor.

    Minimizing abroad

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    After two marathon overs trips in the first year of his presidency, has scaled back his foreign travel to one or two at a , ing meetings and into a few days to minimize the he spends abroad.
    ’s schedule ly s meetings that begin as as he arrives into a new country. Instead, he prefers to arrive at his destination and directly to his hotel, even for a few hours. While past s prefer to fly overnight and waste precious few waking hours in transit, often arrives to his destination at night and begins his talks the net day.
    des and describe him as an impatient traveler, one who does not particularly relish eperiencing foreign s and would prefer instead to be sleeping in his own bed.
    Part of his concern at remning out of the country for too long is feeling detached from the political conversation back home, who have discussed the matter with him say. That has only been aggravated by a pattern of developments in the various s swirling around breaking while he is abroad. In between meetings with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, earlier this year, stewed about his former attorney Michael Cohen as highs from his Capitol Hill testimony played on loop.
    He’s cut trips short at the last moment, as he did in Singapore last year after meeting Kim. And he’s caused scrambling among staffers as he demands changes to schedules that have long been planned and agreed to.

    Comfort and style

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    A hotelier by , has on more than one occasion berated staff for lodging he deemed inadequate, according to familiar with the matter. After he discove to his displeasure on an foreign trip that his beloved Fo News was not avlable in his foreign hotel, the Communications Agency arranged for a that would ow him to keep up with his favorite programs. He typicy asks for multiple teles in his room, depending on the size of the , one source sd.
    And before some of his earlier trips as , advance teams ensu that host s ed to avoid presenting the with that might seem chenging, such as with the still attached.
    prefers trips w he is the guest of honor instead of the large summit meetings that comprise chunks of any US ’s calendar. At the y G7 and G20 gatherings, has felt ganged up on by ers, according to administration officials.
    Far preferable for are the state visits bestowed by hoping to fete a susceptible to flattery.
    That will be the order of the day in this weekend, when is paying the first state visit after the ascension of a new . And it will repeat itself the following week when he travels to for a long-ed state visit at the invitation of .
    has ed both as a special privilege, according to administration officials, though officials and analysts sd any US would likely have been afforded Naruhito’s inaugural state visit given the importance of ’s with the .
      Still, s the trips as more ventures than a later stop this at the G20, also in , though he’s heightened interest in that event by scheduling talks with Chinese and Putin on the sidelines and tacking on a visit to Seoul afterward.
      The , meanwhile, hasn’t announced whether will attend this year’s G7, held in coastal France. He wave on participating in last year’s hosted by .


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