‘Executive Time’: How Donald Trump finds time to tweet, make calls and watch TV

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Donald Trump at the White House President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House.(Source: AP photo)

In official schedules of President Donald Trump, there are large slots of time dedicated to ‘Executive Time’, which in some cases is more than the time set aside for presidential appointments. Now a report that examined a batch of the US president’s schedules reveals how much free time he has, allowing him to pursue anything that catches his eye, which may not always be in national interest.

A Politico report examined the president’s schedules to discover that many of his official commitments never begin before 11 am, in some cases they don’t start till 1 pm. The report found that the unscheduled time slots are shaping his presidency and allowing Trump’s “whims and momentary interests to drive the White House business.”

While Trump’s aides insist he’s a workaholic, they admit that what he does during his free time in many ways defines his presidency since they often drive his agenda, rather than long-term policy goals. Other presidents like Barack Obama enjoyed little free time outside of policy meetings, and past presidents with relatively unstructured schedules may not have enjoyed as much free time, says the report. Trump’s free time is a result of him complaining early on in his tenure about not getting the time to think due to the constant meetings.

“But if there were too few things on his schedule, the senior staff would complain because he would be left to his own devices and spend more time watching TV or calling people on the phone or calling in advisers unscheduled to the Oval Office,” an unnamed former White House aide, who was familiar with Trump’s schedule, told Politico.

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The report said that some of Trump’s controversial tweets emerged when he was enjoying some ‘Executive Time’. A controversial tweet about pipe bombs being sent to Democrat leaders and prominent supporters, as well as one criticising a New York Times report about the dangers using his iPhone, emerged when Trump had no appointments.

Expectedly, critics of the US president pounced on the report to criticise him:

“President Donald Trump had about three times as much free time planned for last Tuesday as work time, according to his private schedule.”

If this has been Obama, Fox and the rest of the right-wing media would be calling him lazy. https://t.co/ouXjmWbMPK

— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) October 29, 2018

"Trump's schedule on Tuesday featured nine hours of ’Executive Time’ and just over three hours of work. The president never begins his day before 11 a.m., and has hours of television watching built into his schedule."#ImpeachTrump #LazyTrump https://t.co/fdhzp6kwzU

— Jon Cooper 🌊 (@joncoopertweets) October 29, 2018

Two words glaringly missing from this article: "Mike Pence." Who is running policy, leaving Trump nothing but time to dick around with golf and tweets. https://t.co/vyXGent9Ys

— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) October 29, 2018

“President Donald Trump had about three times as much free time planned for last Tuesday as work time, according to his private schedule.”

If this has been Obama, Fox and the rest of the right-wing media would be calling him lazy. https://t.co/ouXjmWbMPK

— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) October 29, 2018

We are paying for this. https://t.co/R8Y4BTP1Hy

— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) October 29, 2018

The US president has offered no comment about the report so far.

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