A Huge Leak May Just Have Sent the White House into Chaos
Leaks are nothing new. Leaks from within the Trump White House have even become commonplace over the past two years. The latest set of leaks, released to Axios, however, show the private schedule of President Trump for just about every day since the midterm elections.
The leaked schedules show that President Trump spends approximately 60% of his planned day in “Executive Time,” which is time he spends mostly by himself, watching TV, taking phone calls, reading the newspaper, and undoubtedly reading and posting on Twitter. The term “Executive Time” was created by former Chief of Staff John Kelly, specifically catered to Trump’s desire not to be locked down into a set schedule every day.
In all, the contents of the schedules, after being retyped by Axios to help protect their source, took up 95 pages, all of which have been made available to the public.
Axios’ Lazaro Gamio did some calculations and discovered that out of the 502 hours and 55 minutes accounted for in these schedules, Trump spent 297 hours and 15 minutes in “Executive Time”, while 39 hours were spent on lunch, 77 hours and 5 minutes were spent in meetings, 51 hours and 15 minutes were spent on travel and 38 hours and 20 minutes were spent at events.
After the release of these schedules, there has been apparent chaos in the White House.
Madeleine Westerhout who is the director of Oval Office operations tweeted, “What a disgraceful breach of trust to leak schedules. What these don’t show are the hundreds of calls and meetings @realDonaldTrump takes everyday.”
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released the following comment:
“President Trump 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. 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. It’s indisputable that our country has never been stronger than it is today under the leadership of President Trump.”
Meanwhile, Maggie Haberman of the New York Times, had this to say: “A White House aide is weaponizing his schedules, which says a lot about how people in the White House feel about the man they work for.”