Trump Hardly Works And Spend Most Of The Day Watching TV, Leaked Schedules Show
President Donald Trump has spent about 60 percent of his time over the past three months in “Executive Time,” according to leaked schedules obtained by Axios.
A source told Axios that Trump typically spends the first five hours of his day in his residency watching television, reading newspapers and making phone calls to aides, lawmakers, friends, advisers and administration officials.
“He’s always calling people, talking to people,” a senior White House official told Axios.
According to Axios, Trump’s first meeting of the day typically doesn’t come until 11 or 11:30 a.m. and is typically an intelligence briefing or a half-hour meeting with his chief of staff.
The report notes that “Executive Time” is particularly dominant on some days. The report notes that on Jan. 18, he had one hour of scheduled meetings and seven hours of “Executive Time.”
Chris Whipple, who studies presidential schedules, told Axios “there’s almost no historical parallel” for how Trump spends most of his days.
“The most important asset in any presidency is the president’s time,” Whipple added. “And Trump is a guy who gives new meaning to the notion of an unstructured presidency.”
Trump has been criticized for his use of “Executive Time” in the past, including by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Axios that 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,” she added.