President Trump is fond of "executive time" in the White House—unstructured stretches in which he makes phone calls, has informal chats, watches cable news, etc.—and a new report makes clear just how fond he is. Axios reports that over the last three months, 60% of Trump's schedule has been executive time. The report is based on presidential daily schedules that a White House source leaked to the website. Typically, Trump rises early and spends the first five hours of his day in executive time, usually in the White House residence, not the Oval Office. He might be calling formal or informal advisers, friends, or members of Congress, while keeping an eye on cable news and the morning newspapers. The first meeting of the day usually occurs about 11am.
A historian who specializes in presidential schedules tells Axios that "there's almost no [historical] parallel" for Trump's daily regimen. To which the White House replies, so what? "President Trump has a different leadership style than his predecessors and the results speak for themselves," says press chief Sarah Sanders. She adds that Trump operates in a "more creative environment" than previous presidents. The Hill notes that White House aide Madeleine Westerhout takes issue with the leak itself. "What a disgraceful breach of trust to leak schedules," she writes. "What these don’t show are the hundreds of calls and meetings @realDonaldTrump takes everyday." Axios has reprinted the daily schedules here. (Read more President Trump stories.)