Donald Trump's typical day starts late and is spent mostly watching TV, browsing newspapers and tweeting, according to a leak of the president's confidential schedule. The news site said the 51 private schedules it obtained show that since November 7, one day after the midterm elections, Trump spent about 297 hours in executive time and about 77 hours in meetings for things like policy planning, legislative strategy and video recordings.
Though the schedule shows Trump in the Oval Office between 8am and 11am, he is often in the White House residence watching TV, tweeting, reading the news, and making phone calls to various foreign leaders and political allies, sources told Axios. This unusually voluminous leak gives us unprecedented visibility into how this president spends his days. He generally has meetings and lunch in the middle of the day and portions of the afternoon, followed by more "executive time" that stretches into the evening.
The daily schedules do not include all of Trump's meetings, in part due to his spontaneous approach to daily life and the presidency.
'He's always calling people, talking to people, ' a senior White House official told the news website. The idea for Executive Time, which during the three months the leaked schedules totaled 297 hours, came from former chief of staff John Kelly because of Trump's disdain of regular schedules. This is most of his day, and yet you see things happening with the military which are positive.
The release of the information is a "disgraceful breach of trust", according to Madeleine Westerhout, the director of Oval Office operations.
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Last year, CNN reported that the President - whose day begins at 5:30 a.m. - would often spend most of his mornings in the Yellow Oval Room in the White House residence where he skimmed the headlines of The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Washington Times as "Fox & Friends" played in the background.
The schedules list the president as being in the Oval Office at 8 a.m. on most days, but Axios cites six sources with direct knowledge of the president's routine who said Mr. Trump is never in the Oval Office that early.
"This POTUS is working harder for the American people than anyone in recent history", she tweeted.
Huntsman also noted that the White House has a problem with leaks in general, plus there's no telling what Trump's really doing in his "executive time" since the term is still loosely defined.
The White House said this is a benefit and an example of Trump's unorthodox style.