It's 'Executive Time': Leaked schedules show how Trump spends his work days
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 07, 2019,
Feb 07, 2019, 0:43
'He's always up to something; it's just not what you would consider typical structure'.
While the leaked schedules shows Trump in the Oval Office from 8 a.m.to 11 a.m, the president is never in the Oval Office during those hours, six sources told Axios.
In the same three month period Trump has spent 77 hours in scheduled meetings, 51 hours travelling and 40 hours eating lunch.
After the release of these schedules, there has been apparent chaos in the White House.
Officials also said that Trump will occasionally hold meeting that he does not want White House staff to know about during his Executive Time and typically has one or two meetings per day that are not on his schedule.
FILE - President Donald Trump's glass of Diet Coke with the presidential seal on it sits on his desk in front of his phones in the Oval Office at the White House, in Washington, Dec. 11, 2018.
The schedules, which cover almost every working day since the midterms, show that Trump has spent around 60% of his scheduled time over the past 3 months in unstructured "Executive Time".
As the day neared 12 p.m., the President would finish up his time in the residence and then head to the West Wing for a day of meetings, briefings and phone calls.
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.
Historians note that early in his presidency, Bill Clinton was habitually late and often deviated from the planned schedule.
Sanders highlighted what she called "a booming economy with lower taxes and higher wages" and a "rebuilt" military as key achievements, as well as the president's many federal judge appointments and his aggressive - or ostracizing, depending on the view - positions on trade negotiations.
However, there are days such as January 18, where Mr Trump's executive time significantly dominated other schedules.
Joy Behar argued that the leak happened because Trump's staff is "scared" of his instability, but Abby Huntsman came to Hostin's defense by saying those staffers should just quit if they disagree with the president this strongly. What is clear, according to news reports and those close to the president, is that he prefers succinct presentations with more visual elements than those that were prepared for his predecessors.
"For example, the private schedule we obtained said Trump had a "media engagement" at 4:30pm this past Wednesday".