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Running the White House in a normal environment can be overwhelming. But the affable 44-year-old routinely finds himself rushing down the hallway from his office to intercept unscheduled visitors to the Oval Office.

If running the White house in a normal environment can be so difficult and the 44-year-old became busy because of that, then why there is a but in the beginning of the sentence? Wasn't "but" used to say when some two situations are contrary? Or Am I just misunderstanding these parts of article completely?

http://time.com/4672974/donald-trump-white-house-chaos/

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"Wasn't 'but' used to say when some two situations are contrary?"

Well, that is one definition. But another is:
but

  1. conjunction
    You use but when you are about to add something further in a discussion or to change the subject.
    They need to recruit more people into the prison service. But another point I'd like to make is that many prisons were built in the nineteenth century.

This definition applies to your example and my usage above.

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  • So those two sentences don't actually contradict each other right? – jack bang Mar 28 '17 at 5:50
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    Correct. The second sentence concerns how the "affable 44-year-old" deals with the environmental conditions (the additional information) but does not indicate he is the opposite of overwhelmed (underwhelmed or in control). – user3169 Mar 28 '17 at 6:23
  • I often hear "But there is more to it" which adds more information to what was previously said. – SovereignSun Mar 28 '17 at 7:13

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