President Donald Trump’s personal secretary took the extreme step of going online to rip the person who leaked the president’s private schedule, accurately calling the move a “disgraceful breach of trust.”
In what it touted as a “scoop,” Axios reported that a White House source had leaked nearly every day of the president’s private schedule for the past three months — with the highlight of the story being that Trump “has spent around 60% of his scheduled time over the past 3 months in unstructured ‘Executive Time.'”
Madeleine Westerhout, the Director of Oval Office Operations, took to social media on Sunday to denounce the leak and defend the president, who she said takes hundreds of meetings and calls that do not appear on the schedule.
“What a disgraceful breach of trust to leak schedules. 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,” Westerhout tweeted in response to the Axios story.
What a disgraceful breach of trust to leak schedules. 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. https://t.co/n1HrxmCsiB
— Madeleine Westerhout (@madwest45) February 3, 2019
With her desk just outside the Oval Office, if anyone knows how Trump spends his day it would be his 28-year-old executive assistant.
The incident captures what the president is up against in Washington, where he is surrounded at every turn by vipers and thieves out to advance a political agenda.
More from Axios on the president’s alleged schedule:
What the schedules show: Trump, an early riser, usually spends the first 5 hours of the day in Executive Time. Each day’s schedule places Trump in “Location: Oval Office” from 8 to 11 a.m.
But Trump, who often wakes before 6 a.m., is never in the Oval during those hours, according to six sources with direct knowledge.
Instead, he spends his mornings in the residence, watching TV, reading the papers, and responding to what he sees and reads by phoning aides, members of Congress, friends, administration officials and informal advisers.
Quite the detail and yet, all these years later, America still has no clue how President Barack Obama spent his evening the night four Americans where killed in Benghazi.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders responded to the leak as well, with a little more force.
In a statement, Sanders said the 72-year-old president “has a different leadership style than his predecessors and the results speak for themselves.”
“While he spends much of his average day in scheduled meetings, events, and calls, there is time to allow for a more creative environment that has helped make him the most productive President in modern history,” the statement said.
“President Trump has ignited a booming economy with lower taxes and higher wages, established the USA as the #1 producer of oil and gas in the world, remade our judiciary, rebuilt our military, and renegotiated better trade deals,” Sanders added. “It’s indisputable that our country has never been stronger than it is today under the leadership of President Trump.”
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) February 4, 2019
Of course, the response from the TDS cabal to Trump taking calls and meetings that are not reflected on the schedule was outrage as well, proving the president can’t win for losing with this crowd.
In which the Director of Oval Office Operations publicly concedes that the President routinely conducts official business by telephone or in-person meetings without publicly noting that these calls/meetings even exist—let alone identifying their participants or subject matter… https://t.co/ue66EJ51wX
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) February 3, 2019
Disgraceful indeed. Why are you hiding from the American people all of the scheduled calls and meetings? Could you please produce the real schedule, not the cover schedule for us then? Whom is he meeting in private in his residence? Ever day?
— Jennifer Taub (@jentaub) February 3, 2019
What a disgraceful breach of trust to hide the Slacker-In-Chief’s visitor logs from the public and lie your asses off about his schedule. pic.twitter.com/CGMLLqOZur
— ?Kim (@kim) February 4, 2019
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