President Trump’s personal secretary is pushing back on mainstream media outlets for their criticisms of the president and his recently leaked personal schedule.
Madeleine Westerhout, the Director of Oval Office Operations, claims these outlets are unfairly critiquing the president for most of his schedule being blocked off for “executive time.”
BizPac Review reports:
In what it touted as a “scoop,” Axios reported that a White House source had leaked nearly every day of the president’s private schedule for the past three months — with the highlight of the story being that Trump “has spent around 60% of his scheduled time over the past 3 months in unstructured ‘Executive Time.’”
Axios released all of Trump’s personal schedules and said: “Some days, Executive Time totally predominates.”
“Trump, an early riser, usually spends the first 5 hours of the day in Executive Time,” Axios reports. “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.”
- Since Nov. 7, the day after the midterm elections, Trump has spent around 297 hours in Executive Time, according to the 51 private schedules we’ve obtained.
- For those same schedules, Trump has had about 77 hours scheduled for meetings that include policy planning, legislative strategy and video recordings.
According to Westerhout, Trump spends this time in meetings, making and taking phone calls, and “working harder for the American people than anyone in recent history.”
“What a disgraceful breach of trust to leak schedules. What these don’t show are the hundreds of calls and meetings @realDonaldTrump takes every day,” Westerhout added.
“With her desk just outside the Oval Office, if anyone knows how Trump spends his day it would be his 28-year-old executive assistant,” BizPac Review adds.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders responded to the leak as well, with a little more force.
In a statement, Sanders said the 72-year-old president “has a different leadership style than his predecessors and the results speak for themselves.”
“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,” the statement said.
“President Trump has ignited a booming economy with lower taxes and higher wages, established the USA as the #1 producer of oil and gas in the world, remade our judiciary, rebuilt our military, and renegotiated better trade deals,” Sanders added. “It’s indisputable that our country has never been stronger than it is today under the leadership of President Trump.”
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