A leak of Donald Trump’s schedule has revealed he enjoys a lot of unstructured private time and sources reveal he doesn’t spend much time in his office.
The leaked schedules, which cover almost every working day since the midterms on November 6, show Mr Trump spends about 60 per cent of his day in “executive time”, according to Axios.
Mr Trump wakes early — often before 6am — and his schedule suggests he is in the Oval Office from 8am to 11am, but sources have told Axios that he is never usually there during those times.
Instead he spends his morning in the executive residence (where he lives with the First Family) reading newspapers, watching TV and talking to aides, friends and other members of Congress and advisers on the phone.
The Oval Office is in the West Wing of the White House grounds and separated from the President’s residence.
According to the 51 schedules obtained by Axios, Mr Trump doesn’t usually have his first meeting until about 11am.
Overall Mr Trump has spent about 297 hours in “executive time” in the past three months compared to only 77 hours were spent in meetings.
But the schedule doesn’t tell the full story, Axios noted.
“He’s always calling people, talking to people,” one senior White House official told Axios. “He’s always up to something; it’s just not what you would consider typical structure.”
In fact, Axios suggests that Mr Trump sometimes has meetings during executive time because he doesn’t want West Wing staff to know about them and leak the details. These meetings are generally noted in a more detailed schedule only shared with a few people.
“For example, the private schedule we obtained said Trump had a ‘media engagement’ at 4:30pm this past Wednesday. The more detailed schedule revealed it was an interview with the right-wing Daily Caller, according to a source with direct knowledge,” Axios reported.
Mr Trump has also been attacked over his work hours by former ally Ann Coulter, who described him as “lazy” and a “lunatic” during a spray with Yahoo News reporter Mike Isikoff.
“We put this lunatic in the White House for one reason,” the right wing pundit said of Mr Trump.
She also described Mr Trump as “lazy and incompetent” during the scathing interview.
Mr Trump’s schedule is very different to his predecessors, Axios reported.
In particular George W Bush had a tightly packed schedule that was booked out months in advance. He would get to the Oval Office by 6.45am and had his first meetings about 8.15am.
He would finish his workday about 5.30 or 6pm.
Barack Obama would have about six meetings in a day and would usually be at the Oval Office between 9am and 6pm. He would also have evening meetings about three times a week.
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.
Mr Trump’s schedule is most similar to Bill Clinton’s during his early days in office as Mr Clinton was often late and deviated from his schedule. However, he eventually settled into a routine starting with meetings about 9am and continuing well into the evening.
In a statement to Axios, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said: “President Trump has a different leadership style than his predecessors and the results speak for themselves.”