The schedule published by Axios showed US President Donald Trump spent more than half of his time in unspecified executive time in the Oval Office, mostly in the first five hours of his day.
It was reportedly leaked by a White House source and covers three months following the midterms, between the dates of November 7, 2018 and February 1, 2019.
Mr Trump spent 297 hours and 15 minutes in executive time compared to just over 77 hours of scheduled meetings over the period, as well as 51 hours in travel and 39 hours in lunch, according to the 95-page report.
Each day’s schedule over the last three months placed Mr Donald Trump in the Oval Office between 8:00am and 11:00am, but according to Axios, Mr Trump was almost never in the Oval Office during those hours.
In response to the Axios report, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote that a “more creative environment” had “helped make [Mr Trump] the most productive president in modern history”.
Earlier last month Ms Sanders also wrote to Axios regarding allegations that Mr Trump was starting his day much later than in his earlier days of presidency.
Ms Sanders responded, writing that the time spent by Mr Trump in the morning was “a mix of residence time and Oval Office time”. She added that Mr Donald Trump “always has calls” with staff, Cabinet members and foreign leaders during this time.
The private schedules do not list all of Mr Trump’s meetings, as Axios also reported that many of his meetings are spur-of-the-moment, or concealed as “executive time” due to fear of leaks.
However, there are days such as January 18, where Mr Trump’s executive time significantly dominated other schedules. A White House official took to Twitter to express her anger over the leaked documents.
Madeleine Westerhout, director of Oval Office operations, tweeted the information was a “break of trust” and that it did not show the “hundreds of calls and meetings [Mr Donald Trump] takes every day”.