He calls this television watching “Executive time.”
Courtesy of Axios:
A White House source has leaked nearly every day of President Trump’s private schedule for the past three months.
This unusually voluminous leak gives us unprecedented visibility into how this president spends his days. The schedules, which cover nearly every working day since the midterms, show that Trump has spent around 60% of his scheduled time over the past 3 months in unstructured “Executive Time.”
Trump, an early riser, usually spends the first 5 hours of the day in Executive Time. Each day’s schedule places Trump in “Location: Oval Office” from 8 to 11 a.m.
But Trump, who often wakes before 6 a.m., is never in the Oval during those hours, according to six sources with direct knowledge.
Instead, he spends his mornings in the residence, watching TV, reading the papers, and responding to what he sees and reads by phoning aides, members of Congress, friends, administration officials and informal advisers.
Axios combined all of the schedules for these three months to finds that Trump spent 297 hours in “Executive time,” which stands for watching TV and talking on the phone, 77 hours in meetings, 51 hours traveling, 39 hours eating lunch, and a little over 38 hours at various events.
(You can actually read these leaked schedules for yourself by clicking here.)
In response to this story, the hashtag #ExecutiveTime started trending on Twitter, but there has only been limited pushback from the White House.
But that could be because Trump has been too busy to respond.
When Trump Declares a National Emergency in two weeks, just remember what he was doing during this emergency…
Figuring out the best way to hit balls with a metal poll.pic.twitter.com/NfuX8JhCHQ
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) February 3, 2019
Look, I made a funny.