Trump on the Defensive After Leaked Schedule Shows Downtime: No President Has 'Worked Harder'

Earlier this month, a detailed look at Trump's daily schedules leaked from inside the White House revealed that the president has a lot of "executive time"

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President Donald Trump‘s latest claim? No leader of the United States has ever been as hard-working.

The commander in chief asserted his alleged diligence in a tweet on Monday after a detailed look at Trump’s daily schedules leaked from inside the White House earlier this month, revealing that the president has a lot of “executive time.”

Trump, 72, tweeted, “No president ever worked harder than me (cleaning up the mess I inherited)!”

According to 51 days of schedules from November to Feb. 1 — published by the political news website Axios — Trump spends around 60 percent of his work day in the undefined “executive time.”

The schedules, according to Axios, do not cover everything the president does in a given day, and some pre-planned meetings are listed only on a “more detailed schedule” that is “kept within a very small, tight circle” so as to avoid them being shared publicly.

Yet, since Nov. 7 — the day after the Republicans lost decisively in the midterm elections — the president’s days almost always began and ended with hours of “executive time.”

White House reporters have previously described these periods, distinct to Trump’s tenure, as mainly unstructured. The president has long preferred open-ended periods where he can mix favorite activities including watching cable news, tweeting and talking with friends, aides, reporters and lawmakers.

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“He’s always calling people,” an anonymous aide told Axios, adding, “He’s always up to something; it’s just not what you would consider typical structure.”

In a statement to the site, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders did not dispute the authenticity of the schedules. She said Trump “has a different leadership style than his predecessors and the results speak for themselves.”

“While he spends much of his average day in scheduled meetings, events, and calls, there is time to allow for a more creative environment that has helped make him the most productive President in modern history,” Sanders told Axios. (The White House did not respond to a previous request for comment from PEOPLE.)

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