President Trump’s executive assistant took the unusual step Sunday night of defending the president publicly against a report that he spends most of his days in unstructured “executive time.”
Madeleine Westerhout, the president’s personal secretary whose desk is just outside the Oval Office, called it a “disgraceful breach of trust” for a West Wing insider to leak Mr. Trump’s private daily schedules for the past three months.
Axios reported Sunday that the schedules show the president spends an average of 60 percent of each day in unstructured “executive time,” primarily in the White House residence in the morning before he arrives in the West Wing. The report said Mr. Trump spends much of that time watching TV, tweeting and talking on the phone.
“What these don’t show are the hundreds of calls and meetings @realDonaldTrump takes everyday,” Ms. Westerhout tweeted. “This POTUS is working harder for the American people than anyone in recent history.”