Trump’s leaked schedule shows that he does nearly nothing for 5 hours a day
05 Feb 2019, 14:24 | updated: 05 Feb 2019, 14:29
Donald Trump’s private schedule was leaked Sunday and alleges he spends most of his time watching TV, reading newspapers, and tweeting. Axios published 95 pages of the presidential itinerary, which is noticeably light on meetings and includes at least five hours of unstructured time each day. Trump’s schedule begins with hours of ‘Executive Time’ and lists the location as the ‘Oval Office,’ but the president is rarely in the Oval Office during that time, six sources with direct knowledge of the schedule have said.
Instead, Trump opts to watch TV, read the news, tweet, and make phone calls to aides, members of Congress, friends, officials, and informal advisers until his first meeting, which begins at 11:00am. ‘There are leaks, and then there are leaks. If most are involuntary manslaughter, this was premeditated murder. People inside are genuinely scared.,’ said former White House aide, Cliff Sims, reports metro.co.uk.
The president appears to prefer keeping the first five hours of his day open – although on some days Trump’s free time dominates the majority of his schedule. For example, on January 18, Trump’s scheduled seven hours of ‘Executive Time’ and one hour of meetings. Sources in the White House said that the recent leak has incited a flurry of finger-pointing as the administration scrambles to plug the leak of damaging information. ‘He’s always calling people, talking to people,’ said one senior White House official.
‘He’s always up to something; it’s just not what you would consider typical structure.’
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. White House secretary Sarah Sanders responded to the Axios report, saying ‘President Trump has a different leadership style than his predecessors and the results speak for themselves.’ ‘While he spends much of his average day in scheduled meetings, events, and calls, there is time to allow for a more creative environment that has helped make him the most productive President in modern history’ ‘President Trump has ignited a booming economy with lower taxes and higher wages, established the USA as the #1 producer of oil and gas in the world, remade our judiciary, rebuilt our military, and renegotiated better trade deals. It’s indisputable that our country has never been stronger than it is today under the leadership of President Trump,’ She continued in the email statement.