Donald Trump claimed during his campaign rallies that he would be so busy that he would not have time to golf.
An Axios source working inside of the White House leaked the president’s schedule for the past three months, and it was a stunning revelation. Now, the voters can see what Trump is truly up to every day.
It appears that POTUS spent about 60 percent of his work time actually doing what he called “Executive Time.” Trump has always believed that sleep time was wasted time, so he usually spends four hours a night in bed.
Rising prior to 6:00 a.m., POTUS’s schedule indicated that he is in the Oval Office between the hours of 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. That is false, according to six Axios sources. The president spends his first five hours in executive time.
It appears that Trump spends his morning leisurely reading the newspapers, watching television, and calling friends, informal advisors, aides, people in Congress, and others.
The president finally gets into the Oval Office at about 11:00 a.m., but sometimes as late as 1:00 p.m. That is when acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney gives him a 30-minute intelligence briefing.
In the past three months, Trump has spent about 300 hours in executive time. Oddly enough, the president’s schedule showed he was having “policy planning, legislative strategy and video recordings” schedule during those same hours.
January 18, 2019 was an easy day for the commander-in-chief. He met with Mulvaney and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for one hour. Then, he spent seven hours in executive time.
November 7, immediately after the midterms was another one of those gloriously easy days for the president. He met with his chief of staff for 30 minutes, then he kicked back for seven hours of executive time.
Trump does not like to schedule his meetings. Instead, he prefers spontaneous meetings. That way he can hold meetings off-schedule and off the record.
POTUS often meets with people and calls others that he wants off the books, so he puts them under executive time. That way, he can meet secretly with:
‘…heads of state, political meetings and meetings with counsel in the residence, which aren’t captured on these schedules.’
Trump listed a private meeting at 4:30 p.m. last week as a “media engagement.” However, more specifically it was actually a meeting with the far-right Daily Caller publication.
Author of The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every PresidencyChris Wipple told Axios that concerning the way that Trump spends his time:
‘…there’s almost no (historical) parallel.The most important asset in any presidency is the president’s time. And Trump is a guy who gives new meaning to the notion of an unstructured presidency.’
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released this statement to Axios:
‘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.’
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