Planning His Own Funeral and Other Things Donald Trump Didn’t Think About When He Became President

Let’s face it: There are a lot of things Donald Trump didn’t think about when he decided to run for president — including, what would happen if he actually won. Fast forward a year into his presidency and there are still a lot of things he probably didn’t think he’d have to deal with as commander in chief.

From where he’s supposed to stay when visiting his hometown of New York City (page 6) to planning his own funeral during his first week as president (page 7), we share all of the things Trump probably didn’t think about when he became president, ahead.

1. He has to be paid for the job


It’s against the Constitution not to pay the president. | Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Donald Trump made a lot of uncanny announcements during his campaign run. Including one surrounding his presidential salary. On the campaign trail, Trump said he would refuse the $400,000 annual salary — but, that was before he realized it’s against the Constitution to not get paid. He later changed his mind and said he would be paid $1 and put the rest toward charity or give it back to the U.S. Treasury altogether.

There’s no word on whether or not he’s stuck to his word.

Next: Being the president is a lot harder than it looks.

2. There’s no grace period

trump in the oval office surrounded by his cabinet

You can’t ease in to the job. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Another key thing he probably didn’t think about? Being president is not easy and there is no grace period (which is why most presidents have prior political experience). In fact, during a president’s first 100 days in office, multiple bills and laws are passed into office.

While Trump did get some bills and laws passed — 28, to be exact — the amount was lower than presidents past.

Next: He refused to acknowledge this holiday.

3. He’s supposed to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

The Bushes depart the White House in 2009

George W. Bush started the tradition. | Mike Wilson/AFP/Getty Images

It should come of no surprise that Trump did not celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Initiated by George W. Bush, the White House tradition only lasted 16 years.

Next: The one presidential perk he did not want (but has to have)

4. He has to fly on Air Force One

Air Force One

He can’t use his private jet. | Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images

While on the campaign trail, Trump boasted about his plan to swap out Air Force One for his own private jet. But, once he won the presidency, he realized that it was not an option and now flies on the presidential plane.

Next: He broke this presidential tradition.

5. Christmas is celebrated at Camp David

Melania and Donald Trump at Camp David

Presidents commonly head to Camp David for Christmas. | Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

It’s no secret Trump prefers his own properties over presidential getaways. He made that clear when he refused to celebrate Christmas 2017 at Camp David and instead ran off to one of his resorts.

While it’s not a requirement, it is common for most presidents to spend the holidays at the presidential getaway. But, Trump marches to the beat of his own drum.

Next: He wanted a new White House.

6. Trump Tower is not the White House

Trump Tower stands along 5th Avenue in Manhattan as police stand guard outside

He had to move. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

While Melania and Barron were able to stay behind for a few months, we imagine Trump was disappointed to learn that Trump Tower is not the White House and he would have to relocate to Washington, D.C. on Inauguration day.

That said, the president has managed to stay at Trump Tower instead of The Palace Hotel (which replaced the Waldorf Astoria as the U.S. diplomatic hub) when visiting New York City.

Next: The real reason he has to plan his own funeral.

7. He had to plan his own funeral in his first week of presidency

a military casket draped in a flag

Presidents help to include personal touches. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

One of the first things Trump had to do as the leader of our country? Plan his own funeral. According to The White House Historical Association, “by helping plan their own funeral, presidents are able to incorporate personal touches that can elucidate their character and legacy on a national stage for the last time.”

Next: Could Trump be harming our relationship with the United Kingdom?

8. He’s supposed to meet with the royal family

All presidents since 1952 have met with the queen. | Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Getty Images

As of right now, Trump is the only U.S. president the queen has not met with since she became monarch in 1952. While he has probably thought about it, he has yet to secure a meeting with England’s longest reigning monarch and her family.

Next: Many think he’s cold-hearted over this.

9. First pets are a thing

introduce their new dog, a Portuguese water dog named Bo.

Many presidents have had pets. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Trump has received a lot of criticism for not having a pet in the White House. While it’s not a requirement, most first families have welcomed dogs into their family during their time at the White House.

Next: He broke this federal rule.

10. He’s not supposed to discuss the jobs report right away

He’s not supposed to discuss the jobs report right away

He broke protocol in discussing the jobs report. | Donald Trump via Twitter

Trump has broken many White House rules, including a federal one that forbids the president from commenting on the jobs report within an hour of its released. He clearly missed the memo, since he tweeted about the report 15 minutes after it was released. Oops.

Next: Did no one brief him on what to do during a natural disaster?

11. Natural disasters aren’t a good time to golf

Donald Trump Golfing

It’s not a good idea to golf while the nation is in trouble. | Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Another thing Trump probably didn’t take into account? When it’s appropriate and when it’s not appropriate to golf. During the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Trump jetted off to his private golf club in New Jersey. Probably not a good idea.

Next: Many thought Donald and Melania Trump were headed for divorce because of this.

12. The first lady is supposed to live in the White House

US First Lady Melania Trump walks into the East Room as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2017. |

Melania Trump delayed her move. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

In the beginning of his presidency, Melania Trump stayed behind in New York City so that their son, Barron could finish school. While the reason for delaying her move to Washington D.C. was valid, many Americans had opinions and speculations about the decision.

Next: The Trump family prefer gray areas.

13. His family can’t have any formal roles in the administration

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

His family has roles in his administration. | Larry Busacca/Getty Images

First family members aren’t supposed to have a formal role in the administration, but that hasn’t stopped the president from hiring his daughter as his (unpaid) assistant and his son-in-law Jared Kushner as his senior adviser.

Next: This one thing could cause nuclear war.

14. Harassing people (especially other world leaders) on Twitter isn’t apart of the job description

Harassing people (especially other world leaders) on Twitter isn’t apart of the job description

It’s not ideal to harass people online. | Donald Trump via Twitter

While this is more of an unwritten rule — which is probably why Trump didn’t think about it before becoming president and still doesn’t think about it — it’s generally not advised to harass people online. Especially world leaders, like North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, that are viewed as a national threat to the United States.

Next: This was a White House first.

15. He is supposed to be transparent with the press

Sean Spice in January 2017

He’s expected to respect a free press. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Trump has been transparent about his feelings toward the press, but that’s not exactly the name of the game. The president is supposed to remain transparent with the press, not ban them from on-camera press briefings, like the Trump Administration did in June 2017.

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