Axios, the American news and information website, reported that since last year’s midterm polls, President Donald Trump has spent 60 per cent of his working hours at the White House. The news portal has access to copies of Trump’s personal schedules.
On Sunday, Axios published the President’s private calendar for the past 3 months. As per the schedule, Trump has spent around 300 hours in executive time. This unstructured period is usually spent by the President watching TV, calling up advisers and friends, or just catching up on news.
The documents reveal only 77 hours were relegated for official meetings, and 38 hours were spent on events. On some days, Trump spent the whole day in executive time.
The Washington Post reported that acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney meets the president only twice a day, unlike his predecessor John Kelly. As per Axios, “executive time” on the President’s schedule doesn’t exactly indicate that he was not working. A detailed routine includes some extra meet ups every day; most of his discussions with staff are done on the spur of the moment, a typical Trump trait.
Alexi McCammond and Jonathan Swan commented: “The president sometimes has meetings during Executive Time that he doesn’t want most West Wing staff to know about for fear of leaks… His mornings sometimes include calls with heads of state, political meetings and meetings with counsel in the residence, which aren’t captured on these schedules.”
Talking about leaks, the exposed schedules have already created a furor in the White House. Trump’s personal secretary, Madeleine Westerhout, is furious about the schedule’s release, and stated that Trump was “working harder for the American people than anyone in recent history.”
“What a disgraceful breach of trust to leak schedules,” Westerhout wrote on Sunday. “What these meetings don’t show are the hundreds of calls and meetings @realDonaldTrump takes everyday.”