The president says executive time is for work, not play.
Over the weekend and on Monday, Trump fired off tweets reacting to reports that he spends much of his time as president in so-called “executive time,” hours of the day when there’s nothing specific for him to do. Alexi McCammond and Jonathan Swan of Axios published three months of Trump’s private schedule on February 3 after someone leaked the information to McCammond. The schedule showed Trump spent about 60 percent of his scheduled time in “executive time.”
White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday that he expected to find the leaker this week. Hours later, Axios sent out more leaked schedules for four days just last week. They show 50 percent of the president’s time was in executive time.
As Mulvaney tries to root out the leaker, Trump is saying it’s no big deal.
In a tweet on Sunday, Trump declared that getting his work schedule for the media is “very easy to do,” but the matter should have been reported in a positive light.
“When the term Executive Time is used, I am generally working, not relaxing,” Trump wrote. “In fact, I probably work more hours than almost any past president.” He declared that the country was “a mess” when he arrived at the White House.
The media was able to get my work schedule, something very easy to do, but it should have been reported as a positive, not negative. When the