Trump starting workday later to spend more time watching TV and tweeting: report

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Trump’s day now starts around 11 a.m., and he is holding far fewer meetings during his workday, Axios reported after viewing copies of Trump’s private schedule.


The first part of Trump’s day is known as “Executive Time.” According to the schedule, it takes place in the Oval Office, but officials told Axios it actually takes place in Trump's White House residence and consists of Trump watching TV and tweeting.

Trump reportedly arrives in the Oval Office for his intelligence briefing at 11 a.m., his first meeting of the day. He returns to his residence by 6 p.m.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back against the report, saying Trump’s “time in the morning is a mix of residence time and Oval Office time but he always has calls with staff, Hill members, cabinet members and foreign leaders during this time.” 

“The President is one of the hardest workers I've ever seen and puts in long hours and long days nearly every day of the week all year long. It has been noted by reporters many times that they wish he would slow down because they sometimes have trouble keeping up with him,” she said in a statement to Axios.

Trump’s schedule is significantly shorter than those of past presidents. Former President George W. Bush would arrive in the Oval Office by 6:45 a.m., and former President Obama would arrive between 9 and 10 a.m. after his morning workout, according to the report.

The New York Times reported that Trump spends up to 8 hours a day watching television, which Trump has disputed.

“I don’t get to watch much television. Primarily because of documents. I’m reading documents. A lot,” Trump told reporters last year. “I actually read much more — I read you people much more than I watch television.”