Donald Trump defends his 'executive time', says he works more than 'almost any past President'
A recently leaked Trump schedule suggested that he spends nearly 60 percent of his designated office time in "executive times"
President Donald Trump went on a Twitter rampage on Sunday to defend the excessive amount of "executive time" he takes during his work days, saying that he is "generally working, not relaxing" during those periods.
The president made the statement in a series of tweets on Sunday spent in the White House with nothing on his public schedule, according to reports.
Trump, in the tweet, said that he became the president when the "country was a mess," adding "I had no choice but to work very long hours!" The Republican also tweeted about his proposed border wall, accusing Democrats of wanting a second government shutdown to change the issue at hand. He also slammed the Democrats for the situation that has unfolded in Virginia with the Democratic leadership in crisis.
The president, however, was defensive of his "executive time" in particular as a recently leaked Trump schedule suggested that he spends nearly 60 percent of his designated office time in "executive times," meaning watching television, calling on friends and tweeting, according to his aides.
"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 term Executive Time is used, I am generally working, not relaxing. In fact, I probably work more hours than almost any past President.....," Trump wrote on Twitter.
"....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!" the Republican added.
The leaked schedules of the president obtained by Axios, which nearly cover Trump's every working day since the midterm elections on November 6 last year till February 1, 2019, show that the Republican spends the first five hours of his day in executive time.
The president wakes up early, often before 6 am, and according to his schedule, he is in the Oval Office from 8 am to 11 am. However, sources reportedly told Axios that Trump is never actually inside the Oval Office during those hours.
The Republican instead spends most of his morning in the executive residence — where the First Family lives — reading newspapers, watching television, talking to his aides, friends and other Congress members on the phone.
Shortly after the leak, the White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney defended the president's executive time in an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd on 'Meet the Press' on Sunday, stating: "You and I have had this conversation I think before, which is this show lasts an hour. Does that mean you only work for an hour a week? No, there's a lot of stuff that goes on in order to make this happen. 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 11:00 at night. So I can assure you that the gentleman is working more than what's on that calendar."