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President Donald Trump wants you to know that despite what you may have heard, “Executive Time” is productive time.

On Sunday, Trump posted a tweet in response to a week-old Axios report that included leaked copies of his private schedule. The report found that roughly 60 percent of Trump’s schedule has consisted of “unstructured Executive Time” over the past three months.

The report triggered a wave of outrage and indignation from people who claimed the schedule showed that the president was spending most of his time watching Fox News, firing off tweets or chatting on the phone. 

Not so, the president explained. In fact, “Executive Time” should be “reported as a positive, not negative,” he said.

“When the term Executive Time is used, I am generally working, not relaxing. In fact, I probably work more hours than almost any past President,” Trump tweeted. 

He followed up with another tweet explaining that when he took office, the U.S. was such “a mess” that he “had no choice but to work very long hours!” 

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When the president’s private schedule was leaked, political observers painted it as an unprecedented personal betrayal by a White House staffer. 

“A White House aide is weaponizing his schedules, which says a lot about how people in the White House feel about the man they work for,” tweeted New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman after Axios published the leaked documents. 

“What a disgraceful breach of trust to leak schedules,” tweeted Trump’s secretary Madeleine Westerhout‏. “What these don’t show are the hundreds of calls and meetings @realDonaldTrump takes everyday. This POTUS is working harder for the American people than anyone in recent history.”

But, on Sunday, Trump said that getting his “work schedule” was actually “very easy to do.” That would seem to be the case, because after he sent his tweet, Axios published more copies of his schedule. This time, Axios revealed four days from the week since its original story. True to form, those days included about 50 percent of scheduled “Executive Time.”

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White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that the leaked schedule “is not that confidential” and about 400 people get copies of it. 

“It’s not the content” that is upsetting, Mulvaney explained on “Fox News Sunday.”

“It’s the fact that someone within the White House spent three months collecting this information, which is really, really hard to do,” he said.

The White House is close to identifying the staffer who leaked the schedule, with hopes “to have a resolution on that this week,” Mulvaney said.

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