Executive time : Trump defends work ethic after private schedules leak
|CTVnews 11 Feb 2019 at 21:29|
WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump is pushing back against criticisms that a leak of his private schedule suggests he is not working hard.
Trump tweeted that it "should have been reported as a positive, not a negative."
He also suggested that when the term "executive time" appears on his schedule, it means he is "generally working, not relaxing."
The president s work ethic has been a topic of Washington conversation after Axios obtained three months of his private schedules.
They revealed that he spent 60 per cent of his time in executive time, a term coined by former chief of staff John Kelly for unstructured time in Trump s day. That time often coincides with when Trump is on Twitter.
Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said the leaker s identity should be known this week.
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.....
....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!