Donald Trump’s personal secretary, Madeleine Westerhout, blasted a new leak of the President’s private schedule, calling it a “disgraceful breach of trust.”
The leak involves the President’s schedule over the last three months, with critics seizing on the revelation that Trump has spent 60 percent of his scheduled time in something referred to as ‘executive time.’
Executive time is a blanket phrase used to allow flexibility for whatever the President may feel is of importance at the moment, but the mainstream media likes to imply it means he’s sitting around “tweeting, phoning friends and watching television.”
Axios first published the leaked report, protecting their source by “retyp(ing) the schedules in the same format that West Wing staff receives them.”
“Take a second to think about this,” Politico writes. “Someone who works for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has leaked his personal schedule in what can only be seen as an attempt to embarrass him.”
They also refer to it as “incredibly rare, and quite the commentary about the president’s staff” while acknowledging it’s “also a great scoop.”
Westerhout didn’t quite view it as a great story, instead noting the incredible breach of trust by someone very close to the President.
She slammed whomever was behind the leak, defended the President’s schedule, and said he’s “working harder for the American people than anyone in recent history.”
Another official also explained that Trump’s unstructured days don’t equate to him not working.
“He’s always calling people, talking to people,” the official told Axios. “He’s always up to something; it’s just not what you would consider typical structure.”
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
Leaks Still a Problem
That breach of trust shows the White House continues to struggle with containing rogue players in the President’s inner circle. It’s been a battle he’s been fighting since he took office.
Why is this still a problem?
Author Cliff Sims recently described Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway as one of the ‘worst leakers in the West Wing.’
Conway, in turn, responded that Sims and Vanity Fair, who posted excerpts of his book, were ignoring the “the real leakers” in the White House.
“The real leakers, past and present, get much more positive press than I do. While it’s rare, I prefer to knife people from the front, so they see it coming,” Conway told the magazine.
The President himself took a shot at Sims work as well, referring to his book as “made up stories and fiction.”
A low level staffer that I hardly knew named Cliff Sims wrote yet another boring book based on made up stories and fiction. He pretended to be an insider when in fact he was nothing more than a gofer. He signed a non-disclosure agreement. He is a mess!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2019
The questions remain following this breach, but there has to be a limited number of people with access to the private schedule of the President of the United States. For security reasons alone, that access must be limited.