In Politico, before the 2016 election, Michael Kruse wrote about Trump’s attention span. He quoted Tony Schwartz, who was the ghostwriter for The Art of the Deal, who said that Trump’s attention span “was so small it was almost impossible to have a strategic conversation with him.”

Kruse quoted Trump’s books, Surviving at the Top and Think Like a Billionaire, where Trump himself said, “My attention span is short,” and “most successful people have very short attention spans.”

More recently, Newsweek reported on preparations for the May 25th NATO summit. They wrote that “NATO wants some of the world’s top leaders to cut down their discussions to two to four minutes,” fearing Trump’s reaction to what are usually much longer sessions.

It does start to sound like the old insult, “He has the attention span of a canary.” And since he can’t stay away from Twitter, maybe a visual combination of the two can serve to explain the personality of the Current Resident:




Kruse, Michael. “Donald Trump’s Shortest Attribute Isn’t His Fingers.” Politico, 08 September, 2016.

O’Shaughnessy, Stephanie. TweetleDon. 2017.

Price, Greg. “NATO Plans For Donald Trump’s Short Attention Span: Report.” Newsweek, 15 May, 2017.


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