Trump reportedly spends 60 percent of schedule in unstructured "executive time"

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"President Trump has a different leadership style than his predecessors and the results speak for themselves", Sanders wrote in an emailed statement to Axios, which on Sunday published 95 pages of Trump's schedules leaked by a White House source.

Donald Trump's typical day starts late and is spent mostly watching TV, browsing newspapers and tweeting, according to a leak of the president's confidential schedule. Each day's schedule places Trump in "Location: Oval Office" from 8 to 11 a.m. His door was closed, he was in the Oval Office, he was in the residence.

White House officials dispute the characterization Trump is not interested in such topics or has only a superficial understanding of them.

Trump, an early riser, usually spends the first 5 hours of the day in Executive Time. The news site said the 51 private schedules it obtained reveal that, since November 7, one day after the 2018 midterm election cycle, during which the Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives, Trump has spent about 297 hours in executive time and about 77 hours in meetings that included policy planning, legislative strategy and video recordings.

A senior White House official told Axios: "He's always calling people, talking to people". But what most people didn't know (but could probably have assumed) was just how much of Trump's day is spent unstructured. As per the schedule, Trump has spent around 300 hours in executive time. Other unstructured time periods were often scheduled before and after lunch, ranging anywhere from 15 minutes to over an hour and a half.

Worked with @alexi and @jonathanvswan to visualize their scoop on Trump's schedule over the past 3 months. But Trump, who often wakes before 6 a.m., is never in the Oval during those hours, according to six sources with direct knowledge.

Read the schedules leaked to Axios here, and the website's report breaking down the schedules here.

In particular George W Bush had a tightly packed schedule that was booked out months in advance.

He spent little time while the GOP had congressional majorities getting Republicans or Mexico to fund the southern border wall he promised.

Mr Obama also had unscheduled time but these were rare and usually happened before an important event such as a foreign trip or State of the Union address.

Sanders highlighted what she called "a booming economy with lower taxes and higher wages" and a "rebuilt" military as key achievements, as well as the president's many federal judge appointments and his aggressive - or ostracizing, depending on the view - positions on trade negotiations. However, he eventually settled into a routine starting with meetings about 9am and continuing well into the evening.

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