Trump: I Work More Than Almost Any Past President

He says leak of work schedules should have been a positive, shows how hard he works
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2019 12:11 AM CST
Trump: 'I Probably Work More Hours Than Any President'
President Trump talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar during a telephone call in the Oval Office.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump says the leak of his daily schedules "should have been reported as a positive, not negative"—because it shows just how hard he is working. The leak showed that around 60% of Trump's workday is unstructured "executive time," but the president says that time involves hard work, USA Today reports. "When the term Executive Time is used, I am generally working, not relaxing," Trump tweeted Sunday. "In fact, I probably work more hours than almost any past President." He added: "The fact is, when I took over as President, our Country was a mess. Depleted Military, Endless Wars, a potential War with North Korea, V.A., High Taxes & too many Regulations, Border, Immigration & HealthCare problems, & much more. I had no choice but to work very long hours!"

Sources have said what the schedules describe as "executive time" often includes time at the White House residence spent tweeting and watching Fox News. But while Trump describes the leak as a positive, White House secretary Madeleine Westerhout calls it a "disgraceful breach of trust to leak schedules" and the White House has reportedly launched an investigation to find the leaker. But despite the probe, more Trump schedules have been leaked, the Huffington Post reports. Documents provided to Axios show that "executive time" took up about 50% of Trump's workdays last week. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that he hopes to know this week who leaked the schedules. He said around 400 people had access to the version that was leaked. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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