Trump defends ‘Executive Time’ after schedules leaked – Washington Examiner

President Trump on Sunday defended how he spends his work days after facing criticism for the amount of unstructured “Executive Time” in his daily schedules, claiming he works harder than most of his predecessors and puts in “very long hours.”

“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 tweeted.

“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!” he added.

Last week, Axios published a trove of the president’s schedules for the past three months. According to an analysis of the schedules by Axios, 60 percent of Trump’s scheduled time was “Executive Time,” or time for which nothing was planned for the president.

The White House began an investigation looking for the person or people behind the leak, and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told Fox News earlier Sunday they are “hoping to have a resolution” this week.

Mulvaney said he believes a career federal worker, rather than a political appointee, compiled and leaked Trump’s schedules to the press. However, he lamented that it’s very difficult to fire government employees.

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