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Trump Hosts Supper Club 4 Nights a Week

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By    |   Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 10:14 AM

President Donald Trump has been hosting working dinner meetings at the White House as often as four nights a week, CNN reports.

His meetings include Cabinet members, staffers, and congressmen, including Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Joseph Dunford, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, chief strategist Steve Bannon, chief of staff Reince Priebus, and his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, according to the report.

Trump aides told CNN he uses the dinners to discuss national security and foreign affairs where the president learns by asking questions and getting opinions instead of reading briefings. He also hosts roundtable meetings with disparate groups including airline executives, county sheriffs, pharmaceutical executives, veterans affairs officials, and Green Beret Qualifications Course officers.

"He is first and foremost a listener. Roundtables give folks a chance to actually come in and speak their mind," a senior administration official told CNN.

Trump has acknowledged to his staff that he wants to move his agenda forward more steadily after the chaos that resulted from the travel ban.

"President Trump is brilliant, with the strength and stamina to match," said Hope Hicks, Trump's director of strategic communications.

Those close to the president say that the slow process of politics does not match his fast-paced style. He does not sleep much, and aides discover he is awake when he starts sending tweets. He often works until 11 p.m. or midnight, CNN notes.

One Trump ally told CNN his wife Melania and 10-year-old son Barron provided a sense of family structure when he worked at Trump Tower that is now missing since they have not yet joined him at the White House.

"I don't think it's great that he doesn't have Melania and Barron there. I think he got really tired of Trump Tower when he couldn't move, and now he's basically got another version of it. But at least she was there," the ally said.

Aides are planning to get Trump on the road and out of the White House more often to change up the routine, sources told CNN.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and his wife Jeanette are scheduled to have dinner with Trump and Melania at the White House Wednesday night, the Washington Examiner reports.

The dinner will be the Florida Republican and former presidential candidate's second visit to the Trump White House, the Examiner notes.

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