Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

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

Trump reportedly had about 300 hours of unstructured 'Executive Time' since the midterms, 77 hours of meetings LEAKED: Trump's day is 60 percent unstructured - 'tweeting, watching TV and making calls'
Jeannette Daniel | 06 February, 2019, 04:31

Trump's schedule begins with hours of "Executive Time" and lists the location as the 'Oval Office, ' but the president is rarely in the Oval Office during that time, six sources with direct knowledge of the schedule have said. For example, on January 18, Trump's scheduled seven hours of "Executive Time" and one hour of meetings. 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. During that time, the President spent 297 hours in "executive time", a period during the day that he uses to watch TV, make phone calls and hold meetings. You just kiss some babies and call it a day.

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.

According to the website Axios, since 7 November, the day after the midterm elections, the United States president has spent nearly 300 hours in relatively unstructured "executive time" and only 77 hours in scheduled meetings covering policy planning, legislative strategy and video recordings. He can reportedly be found in the residence watching TV, reading the news, and making countless phone calls to aides, members of Congress, friends, advisers, and other officials.

The White House has not responded to CNN's request for comment about the report.

The president's first meeting of the day is usually around 11 or 11:30 a.m., according to the leaked schedules, and is often an intelligence briefing or 30 minutes with his chief of staff.

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In response to the Axios report, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote that a "more creative environment" had "helped make [Mr Trump] the most productive president in modern history".

"But with Trump because he's tweeting and his tweets in many cases are clearly inspired by some Fox News segment only 10 minutes ago, it's pretty obvious what he's spending his time doing, at least in the early part of the day".

After the release of these schedules, there has been apparent chaos in the White House.

President Trump has ignited a booming economy with lower taxes and higher wages, established the US as the #1 producer of oil and gas in the world, remade our judiciary, rebuilt our military, and renegotiated better trade deals.

The concept of Executive Time was apparently introduced by former chief of staff John Kelly, to deal with the fact that Trump disliked being locked into a formal schedule. "President Trump has a different leadership style than his predecessors, and the results speak for themselves", she says.

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