Trump: ‘I Am Generally Working, Not Relaxing’ During Hours Of ‘Executive Time’

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President Donald Trump on Sunday didn’t dispute a Axios report, one based on months of leaked private daily agendas, that the majority of his schedule is filled with “executive time,” undefined periods in which he watches TV, tweets, calls people and reads.

But, Trump tweeted, “it should have been reported as a positive, not negative.”

“When the term Executive Time is used, I am generally working, not relaxing.”

Since Nov. 7, according to private schedules a White House source provided to Axios covering nearly every weekday for three months, the vast majority of the President’s schedule was designated as “executive time.” That’s a sharp contrast from other presidents, whose schedules were generally carefully segmented.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded at the time to the report: “While he spends much of his average day in scheduled meetings, events, and calls, there is time to allow for a more creative environment that has helped make him the most productive President in modern history.”

On Sunday, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said “that executive time is on there to allow the President to prep for the next meeting, to debrief from the previous meeting — the phone calls start at 6:30 in the morning and they go until 11 o’clock at night.”

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