Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

How the ‘most productive president in modern history’ spends his work days

How the ‘most productive president in modern history’ spends his work days

Axios published 95 pages of Trump's private schedules Sunday, and sources told the website the following day that the leak had sowed chaos inside the White House.

The leaked schedules show that President Trump spends approximately 60% of his planned day in "Executive Time", which is time he spends mostly by himself, watching TV, taking phone calls, reading the newspaper, and undoubtedly reading and posting on Twitter.

Since Nov. 7, which is the day after the 2018 midterm election, the president has spent around 297 hours in "Executive Time, ' to Axios" count of 51 private schedules.

The director of Oval Office operations, Madeleine Westerhout, called the leak of the schedules "a disgraceful breach of trust". "What these don't show are the hundreds of calls and meetings @realDonaldTrump takes everyday". She said in a tweet that the schedules gave a misleadingly vague image of Trump's work life.

"The president is one of the hardest workers I've ever seen and puts in long hours and long days almost every day of the week all year long".

By comparison, the USA leader's diary had roughly 77 hours of scheduled meetings included, as well as around 51 hours of total travel time.

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Trump is an early riser and usually spends the first five hours of the day in 'executive time'.

The president has always been known to dedicate a significant amount of time to watching television in the White House, in addition to taking time to read some newspapers and speak with members of Congress, aides and informal advisers about what he reads in the press. 'He's always up to something; it's just not what you would consider typical structure'.

"There are leaks, and then there are leaks", said Cliff Sims, a former White House aide who recently published the tell-all book "Team of Vipers".

Trump's White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders reaffirmed the president's style of leadership.

Noting that the private schedules it obtained do not include all of the President's meetings since the midterms, Axios said that some meetings are listed as "executive time" to keep them hidden from West Wing staff members out of fear of possible leaks.

In documents leaked to USA news website Axios, Trump's schedule shows how he has spent his time between November 6 all the way to February 1.

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