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Newsweek Calls Trump 'Lazy Boy' On New Cover (Photos)

| by Michael Howard
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On the cover of its next issue, Newsweek portrays President Donald Trump as a lazy junk-food addict who spends his time sitting around watching TV.

The image is of a miserable-looking Trump sitting on a recliner. He's holding a can of soda in one hand and a remote control in the other. There is a bag of Cheetos on his leg, some of which have spilled onto his suit and stained his shirt. On the floor next to the recliner is what appears to be an empty Big Mac container.

"LAZY BOY," the cover reads. "Donald Trump is bored and tired. Imagine how bad he'd feel if he did any work."

Newsweek released the cover, dated Aug. 11, on Aug. 3, two days after publishing the accompanying story by Alexander Nazaryan on its website.

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The story is titled "Trump, America's Boy King: Golf and Television Won't Make America Great Again." Its thrust is that, in spending so many days away from Washington, D.C., Trump has failed to live up to his campaign promises.

"Now that he’s president, Trump frequently departs the White House and spends the weekend golfing at either his South Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, or his country club in the New Jersey suburb of Bedminster," Nazaryan writes. "The promise he’d made a year before was discarded so quickly, you have to wonder if he even remembers making it."

NBC News reports that, in his first 196 days in office, Trump has spent 58 days at his various properties, 43 of which were spent at his golf properties.

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During the campaign, Trump repeatedly said that if he were elected president he would have no time to play golf or go on vacation.

He also publicly criticized former President Barack Obama for golfing when Trump felt he should have been working.

"Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf," he tweeted in October 2014. "Worse than Carter."

Nazaryan goes on to suggest that Trump doesn't really want to be president, and was really only interested in winning the election.

"So he sits and stews, like Al Bundy, the shoe-selling protagonist of 'Married ... With Children,' the sitcom of roiling white discontent that predicted Trump better than any political scientist or pundit. Unsatisfying job, ungrateful children, all around him a nation in decline. Bundy dreams of the days when he was a high school football star; Trump, of his election-night romp through the Upper Midwest."

Still, Trump's allies insist that he is not at all lazy.

"He is always working, even while socializing, playing golf or traveling," political consultant Roger Stone told Nazaryan. "He is constantly asking questions, taking notes and placing phone calls."

Stone added: "A better question would be, Does he ever really relax?"

Recently, while chatting with some golf acquaintances at his Bedminster club in New Jersey, Trump gave an explanation as to why he spends so much time there.

"That White House is a real dump," he said, according to Golf Magazine.

Sources: Newsweek, NBC News, Golf Magazine / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Kyle Griffin/TwitterJ.D. Cuban/Golf Digest

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