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Assault on America, Day 42: Who gave the media sanction to bash on Trump’s ‘Executive Time’?

Executive Time
You’ve got to love the old saying, “If it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all.” Golfers know it’s especially useful to explain away every bad bounce or lipped-out putt, a nod to the golf gods who can be especially cruel to any player aspiring to greatness.

President Donald Trump probably uses a different iteration of the adage -- “If it weren’t for bad news reports I’d get no coverage at all.” Case in point was the recent establishment media furor over internally (and maliciously) leaked copies of his presidential schedule which revealed Trump plans a large part of his day around undefined “Executive Time.”

Media critics portrayed Trump’s schedule gaps as a sign the president doesn’t work very hard, giving them yet another thing to gripe and moan about. As would be expected, Trump vigorously refuted the notion he’s lazy. Avery Anapol reported at The Hill, “President Trump on Monday repeated his declaration that he is one of the most hardworking presidents in U.S. history... ‘When I took over as President, our Country was a mess. Depleted Military, Endless Wars, a potential War with North Korea, V.A., High Taxes & too many Regulations, Border, Immigration & HealthCare problems, & much more,’ Trump tweeted Sunday.

“Those comments were in reference to a leak of his daily schedules, published by Axios, showing that in recent months Trump has spent a number of hours in unscheduled ‘Executive Time,’ reportedly watching television, making phone calls and reading newspapers. Trump added over the weekend that his use of ‘Executive Time’ ‘should have been reported as a positive, not negative.’”

Trump assured the world that during these daily periods he’s working, not relaxing and added he probably puts in more hours than almost any past president (not sure how he’d figure this, but maybe based on chats with the White House staff?). The lifelong real estate developer and celebrity is appreciated for many things, but being a slacker isn’t one of them. If anything, Trump’s been condemned often for being an insatiable workaholic and neglecting the little things in life the rest of us deal with… you know, like tracking the kids’ homework assignments and forgetting to send flowers on your mother’s birthday.

The media must be running out of personal snafus to nail to Trump since they’ve made it a regular sport to chastise him for doing too much in the policy realm, particularly his adept piece-by-piece dismantling of every major “accomplishment” Barack Obama enjoyed during the former Oval Office occupant’s two terms. Activist presidents are only a problem where Republicans are concerned -- one would almost think if reports of Trump’s sloth rang true, he would measurably jump in the average journalist’s estimation.

Instead they’re basically alleging he watches too much TV while salient details are being ignored -- or perhaps even worse, delegated to the capable (and more ideologically grounded) members of his conservative cabinet. For example, liberals would seemingly rather have Trump handling the minutiae of education policy rather than someone they truly hate like Secretary Betsy DeVos, wouldn’t they?

At various times Trump’s also been accused of having an aversion to reading. As reported by the Washington Post, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said of Trump just two months ago, “What was challenging for me coming from the disciplined, highly process-oriented ExxonMobil corporation, to go to work for a man who is pretty undisciplined, doesn’t like to read, doesn’t read briefing reports, doesn’t like to get into the details of a lot of things, but rather just kind of says, ‘This is what I believe.’”

Tillerson implied Trump acted on instincts alone. What’s wrong with that? Doesn’t everyone rely on their own feelings and opinions to a certain extent? Hasn’t Trump gotten pretty far in life figuring his gut impulses are correct more often than not?

How the duly elected President of the United States handles his thinking processes is completely his business and those who find fault with “Executive Time” are barking up the wrong tree. The fact is, if schedules showed Trump to be in meetings from 6 a.m. until late at night the press would still preach that he’s not leaving enough time to appropriately consider the importance of the office and to prioritize. Or, if Trump filled his days with mindless public relations events, the talkers would argue he does it because he’s egotistical and hogs the spotlight to himself.

Again, if it weren’t for bad news reports there’d be none at all.

Similar claims of indolence have proliferated against Republicans in general. Ronald Reagan was frequently denounced for working a less-than-taxing ordinary 9 to 5 schedule, and of course there were persistent rumors concerning The Gipper’s age and deteriorating mental competencies (later attributed to the onset of Alzheimer’s). Trump is roughly the same age as Reagan was during his presidency -- so the liberal chattering class probably hopes to plant it in people’s brains that he’s not capable of paying attention for more than a couple minutes at a time.

But what about Democrats like Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders? They’re older than Trump. Who would release their daily schedules…and what would the media say if a liberal politician was discovered wasting blocks of time meeting with leftist organizations or jetting off to Puerto Rico for a little beach fiesta during a government shutdown?

Blah, blah, blah. Grumble, grumble, grumble. Complain, complain, complain. Don’t these people have better things to do?

With his administration’s record of success Trump deserves leeway -- a lot -- to plan out his days according to his wishes. If the American economy keeps humming along and there’s relative peace abroad and prosperity here at home…maybe Trump should start devoting 100% to “Executive Time.” What would the media bark about that?

Meanwhile Democrats are far too preoccupied with filling their daily hours and minutes cooking up ridiculously loony schemes to control the economy and kick people out of their livelihoods. Economist Stephen Moore wrote of the addlebrained “Green New Deal” at The Washington Times, “How does eliminating the industry — fossil fuels — that has produced the fastest growth of new jobs over the past decade, eliminate poverty? Are we really going to convert oil workers into wind farmers?

“There are other utopian ideas to advance this green agenda, including a job-guarantee program, universal heath care, and tens of billions of dollars for new mass transit and electric cars. In one of the original versions of the Green New Deal, the plan requires ‘replacing non-essential individual means of transport with high-quality and modern mass transit.’ No more driving the kids to soccer practice. Everybody on the bus.”

One might think Democrats could benefit from spending more time watching TV news, reading newspapers (something other than the New York Times and Washington Post) and talking on the phone like Trump supposedly does. It’s been reported the president frequently speaks with foreign leaders during his “free” moments… again, isn’t this a good thing?

There’s little doubt Trump prefers handling a lot of the workload himself, which is not only a nod towards his tremendous work ethic but also ensures the type of accountability he demands of himself and those around him. Why read a report on the Mexican president’s views on the drug trade when you can call the guy and ask him directly? Trump doesn’t even use email.

Some would contend the president is demonstrating effective leadership and governing. Trump is Trump. Why bash him for the way he spends his time?

The establishment news media’s worked overtime to portray Trump in every possible negative light and now they’re trashing his schedule because it contains too little priority for meetings and other official functions. Where journalists are concerned, if it weren’t for bad news there’d be no news at all.

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Press self importance

The press feels as if they are entitled to know what he does every second of the day. If they do not know how can they spin their press releases to do the most harm to President trump. Enemies of the state.