President Trump Spends 60 Percent Working Hours in 'Executive Time'

Erika Holt
February 7, 2019

The internal schedules offered significantly more insight into the president's daily activities compared to the "Daily Press Guidance" provided to the public.

On Sunday, Axios published leaked details of the president's schedule from November 7, 2018, to February 1, 2019.

The private schedules do not list all of Mr Trump's meetings, as Axios also reported that many of his meetings are spur of the moment, or concealed as "executive time" due to fear of leaks. "What struck me, when I read it", she said, "was that it sounds a lot like work".

"The time in the morning is a mix of residence time and Oval Office time but he always has calls with staff, Hill members, cabinet members and foreign leaders during this time", Sanders said in the statement.

Several conservatives and allies of the president expressed similar concern over the leak and also defended the president from accusations that the unstructured time in his schedule proves he's not productive. In fact, usually the first five hours of the day (Trump often wakes up before 6 a.m.) are allotted to Executive Time, which is basically code for Trump watching TV in the residence, reading newspapers, and calling various aides, members of Congress and associates in response to whatever particular bee the news has put in his bonnet.

The schedules outline roughly 77 hours spent in meetings, 51 hours spent in travel, 39 hours dedicated to lunch and 38 hours spent on "events", during that same time frame.

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Axios reports that on January 18, the President had seven hours of Executive Time.

The 95 pages of private Trump schedules were obtained by the Axios website, which posted the material online Sunday.

Kurtz said: "Who cares how he runs his schedule, as long as he gets things done?" We can see this sometimes in Trump's Twitter feed which will often explode at random points in the afternoon, no doubt fueled by something he saw on Fox News, which he reportedly has on the television at all times while he's in the Oval Office or anywhere else in the West Wing.

Madeleine Westerhout, director of Oval Office operations, tweeted the information was a "break of trust" and that it did not show the "hundreds of calls and meetings [Mr Trump] takes every day".

Over the weekend, Axios' Alexi McCammond revealed that she and her colleague Jonathan Swan had been in contact with a White House insider for three months who revealed the president's private schedules to them. "This POTUS is working harder for the American people than anyone in recent history", Westerhout wrote.

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