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Axios: Since midterms, Trump has spent nearly 60% of his scheduled time in unstructured 'executive time'

Posted February 3, 2019 4:59 p.m. EST

— Since the day after the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump has spent around 60% of his scheduled time in unstructured "executive time," Axios reported Sunday.

Axios cited 51 private schedules provided by an unnamed White House source that include "nearly every working day since the midterms." During that time, the President spent 297 hours in "executive time," a period during the day that he uses to watch TV, make phone calls and hold meetings.

According to Axios, those same schedules revealed that the President "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 Axios. "He's always up to something; it's just not what you would consider typical structure."

Noting that the private schedules it obtained do not include all of the President's meetings since the midterms, Axios said that some meetings are listed as "executive time" to keep them hidden from West Wing staff members out of fear of possible leaks.

In one such case, a detailed schedule Axios obtained listed an interview Trump had last week with The Daily Caller, while a private, more available schedule alternatively contained a "media engagement" in that same time slot.

The outlet also said that according to the schedules it obtained, the day after the midterms, Trump's schedule contained a 30-minute meeting with then-chief-of-staff John Kelly and more than seven hours for "executive time."

The White House has not responded to CNN's request for comment about the report. 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."