White House Defends Trump 'Executive Time'

White House Defends Trump 'Executive Time'

It's more or less become common knowledge that Donald Trump spends a great deal of his day watching television and tweeting, what has since been come to be known as the president's "Executive Time".

The news site reported that former White House chief of staff John Kelly, who exited 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in December, installed the concept of "executive time", because the president purportedly hated being locked into a structured schedule. Even more interesting is the extent to which Trump's officials schedule reveals just how unstructured his time is and how little time he actually appears to spend in policy discussions or reviewing briefing material. Chris Whipple, author of The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency and presidential schedule-whiz, told Axios, "The most important asset in any presidency is the president's time".

The president spent 77 hours in official meetings, compared with nearly 300 hours executive time between November 7, 2018, and February 1, 2019. Other unstructured time periods were often scheduled before and after lunch, ranging anywhere from 15 minutes to over an hour and a half.

Axios first reported the existence of executive time in January of a year ago.

It's always reassuring to hear that the president of the United States may have a more lax schedule than the rest of us.

"The distortions of the hate Trump movement are never more obvious than in the reaction to the President's leaked schedule", Trump ally Newt Gingrich said.

Joy Behar argued that the leak happened because Trump's staff is "scared" of his instability, but Abby Huntsman came to Hostin's defense by saying those staffers should just quit if they disagree with the president this strongly.

In a statement to Axios, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the schedules showed that "President Trump has a different leadership style than his predecessors and the results speak for themselves".

"What a disgraceful breach of trust to leak schedules". At the time, Sanders argued Trump was accomplishing much.

A Fox News host has defended President Donald Trump's schedule, with large amounts of time blocked out for watching TV and tweeting, which she said "sounds a lot like work". But an analysis from The Washington Post cross-referencing the Axios schedule with Trump's Twitter data from Media Matters for America shows the president typically sends his morning fusillade of tweets before his workday actually begins. "This POTUS is working harder for the American people than anyone in recent history", Westerhout wrote.

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