Is 60 percent of your work day free time? | The Tylt
Three months of Donald Trump's personal schedules were leaked to the press, showing the president spends the vast majority of his work days in unscheduled "executive time." According to Axios, roughly 60 percent of the president's waking hours since the midterm elections have been unscheduled. The White House claims the president is using the time for impromptu meetings and calls. Most Americans, however, don't get to spend more than half of their work day on whatever they want. What do you think?
Is 60 percent of your work day free time?
An anonymous White House source leaked three months of schedules to Axios. According to the outlet, the president spent 297 hours in "executive time" as opposed to only 77 hours in scheduled meetings, briefings, and phone calls.
• 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...
• "He's always calling people, talking to people," a senior White House official told us. "He's always up to something; it's just not what you would consider typical structure."
While the amount of free time the president has in his schedule is shocking, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the outlet that this type of schedule allows the president "a more creative environment" that helps him work best.
There seems to be a lot of information contradicting Sanders' claim. According to Vanity Fair, not only does the president spend most of his work days doing whatever floats his boat, he's frequently out of the office on vacation. He also has a tendency to grow distracted during meetings and wander away.
Despite efforts to project a manly ardor, the current leader of the free world spends most of his free time tweeting, calling friends, and watching Fox News. Of his 745 days in office, Trump has spent 222 days unwinding at Trump-branded properties and 168 days golfing. According to the testimony of numerous West Wing staffers, he struggles to focus in meetings, largely ignores intelligence briefings, and tunes out policy minutiae. Once, according to former White House aide Cliff Sims, Trump literally got up and wandered away while Paul Ryan was in the Oval Office attempting to explain the Republican health-care bill. While Ryan was still talking, Trump walked down the hall to his private dining room and turned on the TV.
The president's secretary took to Twitter after the leak to decry the breach, saying the president takes "hundreds of calls and meetings" per day.
Some Twitter users said while they currently didn't have this type of free time, they were planning to start building a little "executive time" into their own days.