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Sarah Sanders faceplants trying to explain away the damning leak of Trump’s daily schedule

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After it was revealed that President Donald Trump apparently dedicated about 60 percent of his work schedule over the last three months to what the White House refers to as “executive time,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sought to rebrand the commander-in-chief’s unstructured daily schedule and ambiguous activities during his free time in the White House.

This article was originally published at Salon

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In response to the report published by Axios, who obtained Trump’s day-to-day schedules for the past three months, Sanders emailed the news outlet to say Trump “has a different leadership style than his predecessors, and the results speak for themselves.” The point of Trump’s more than 300 hours in unstructured time, Sanders said, is “to allow for a more creative environment that has helped make him the most productive president in modern history.”

“President Trump has ignited a booming economy with lower taxes and higher wages, established the USA as the No. 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.”

An early riser, Trump usually spends the first five hours of his day in “executive time,” according to Axios. Although the private schedules list him as being in the Oval Office from 8 to 11 a.m. ET each day, the president actually spends those hours in his residence “watching TV, reading newspapers and responding to what he sees and reads by phoning aides, members of Congress, friends, administration officials and informal advisers,” the news site reported, citing six sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

“He’s always calling people, talking to people,” a senior White House official told Axios. “He’s always up to something; it’s just not what you would consider typical structure.”

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Trump’s first scheduled meeting of the day typically occurs around 11 or 11:30 a.m. ET and is often an intelligence briefing or meeting with his chief of staff, Axios reported. The news site said the 51 private schedules it obtained reveal that, since Nov. 7, one day after the 2018 midterm election cycle, during which the Democrats seized control of the House of Representatives, Trump has spent about 297 hours in executive time and about 77 hours in meetings that included policy planning, legislative strategy and video recordings.

The news site reported that former White House chief of staff John Kelly, who exited 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in December, installed the concept of “executive time,” because the president purportedly hated being locked into a structured schedule.

Many of Trump’s tweet storms have taken place during the swaths of “executive time.” The news about the president’s schedule revolving around watching TV and tweeting has been previously revealed — and it does not come as a surprise to the political observers and social media users who have noticed how the president’s tweets often reflect the programming on Fox News.

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In describing the relationship between the conservative-leaning cable network and the Trump administration, Salon’s Heather Digby Parton wrote, “Fox has become Trump’s de facto kitchen cabinet and unofficial communications office, creating a tight feedback loop between the far right and the White House.”

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Trump responds to China raising tariffs — by raising tariffs on over half a trillion dollars in Chinese goods

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After US markets tanked on Friday, President Donald Trump dramatically escalated his trade war with China.

"For many years China (and many other countries) has been taking advantage of the United States on trade, intellectual property theft, and much more. Our country has been losing hundreds of billions of dollars a year to China, with no end in sight," Trump tweeted.

"Sadly, past Administrations have allowed China to get so far ahead of fair and balanced trade that it has become a great burden to the American taxpayer. As President, I can no longer allow this to happen," he argued.

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MSNBC anchor blasts Trump’s ‘lunacy’ after ‘a Twitter tirade that sent the Dow spiraling’

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The New York Stock Exchange closed down over 600 points on Friday as President Donald Trump's trade war with China escalated.

MSNBC anchor John Heilemann said, "we’re hours away for the president taking off to the G7 summit in Bairritz, France, where allies are bracing for the Trump-fueled mayhem that is now 100% certain to ensue, with Trump like a drunken traveler in the departure lounge about to take a trip that he dreads, already sewing global chaos, days-long public meltdown typically moved from words to actions."

"Donald Trump beginning this day with a Twitter tirade that sent the Dow spiraling, closing down more than 600 points today and escalating his trade war with China with these norm-shattering, power-abusing words in this tweet," he said, putting the tweet on-screen.

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‘Making things worse’: National Farmer’s Union chief unloads on Trump in blistering statement on trade war

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Roger Johnson, the president of the National Farmers Union, delivered a blistering rebuke to President Donald Trump after he responded to new tariffs from China by issuing a purported "order" telling American companies to look for alternative places to manufacture their goods.

In an official statement, Johnson pointed out that farmers so far have felt the brunt of the president's trade war, as China has slapped heavy tariffs on key agricultural products such as soybeans.

He also crushed the president for failing to make any progress on reopening the Chinese market to American goods.

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