Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich defended President Trump on Twitter after Trump’s private schedules showed that more than half of his time over the past few months has gone to unstructured “executive time.” He uses this time to tweet and watch television, according to Newsweek.
Gingrich tweeted, “The distortions of the hate Trump movement are never more obvious than in the reaction to the President’s leaked schedule,” Gingrich tweeted. “The ignorance of history of the current elites is pathetic. Churchill slept late, worked late, took a nap every afternoon (getting into his pajamas).”
In a separate tweet, Gingrich added that presidential schedules “should be based on achievement not activity. He said that Reagan “spent every August at the ranch. Washingtonians were appalled. Reagan came back refreshed and refocused. It made him more effective.”
Gingrich commended Trump for “his focus.”
A White House aide leaked Trump’s schedule for the past three months. They revealed that the president usually wakes up before 6:00am. The president spends the first five hours of his day in his residence, watching TV, reading the news, and reacting to the information by calling his aides, friends, and members of Congress. Trump’s tweets are often sent during his unstructured time.
Politico reported that Trump had 9 hours of executive time on his schedule, more than three times the allotted time set for public appearances, official meetings, and briefings.