WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is pushing back against criticisms that a leak of his private schedule suggests he is not working hard.
President Trump tweeted that it "should have been reported as a positive, not a negative."
He also suggested that when the term "executive time" appears on his schedule, it means he is "generally working, not relaxing."
The president's work ethic has been a topic of Washington conversation after Axios obtained three months of his private schedules.
They revealed that he spent 60 percent of his time in executive time, a term coined by former chief of staff John Kelly for unstructured time in Trump's day. That time often coincides with when Trump is on Twitter.
President Trump also stated on Twitter that he probably works "more hours than almost any past President."
The media was able to get my work schedule, something very easy to do, but it should have been reported as a positive, not negative. When the term Executive Time is used, I am generally working, not relaxing. In fact, I probably work more hours than almost any past President.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019
....The fact is, 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. I had no choice but to work very long hours!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019
Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said the leaker's identity should be known this week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.