Trump on presidency: ‘I thought it would be easier’ – New York Daily News


As his 100-day mark in office approaches, President Trump admitted Thursday that his new job isn’t quite all it’s cracked up to be.


“I thought it would be easier,” Trump said in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters that covered a variety of topics, such as his longing for life prior to the presidency as a business mogul and the possibility of a government shutdown.


The former billionaire tycoon conceded that he thought the presidency would be a much simpler task than that of his former work in real estate.


“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life,” he said.

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After crossing the 270 electoral vote threshold and triumphing over Hillary Clinton Nov. 9, the President held on to his campaign promise to “Make America Great Again.”

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2017. 

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2017. 

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Now, months after the brutal race, Trump still isn’t letting anyone forget his upset victory.


During the Reuters discussion over matters regarding Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump interrupted reporters to point out his popular votes in printed copies of the 2016 electoral map.


“Here, you can take that, that’s the final map of the numbers,” Trump said, while sitting in for the meeting inside the Oval Office. “It’s pretty good, right? The red is obviously us.”

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The President further revealed feelings of being repressed by having 24-hour security protection, as well as frustration for not being able to drive his luxury cars around town.

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President Donald Trump leaves in his limousine after the annual Friends of Ireland luncheon at the Capitol March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Irish Taoisech Enda Kenny is in Washington to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

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“You’re really into your own little cocoon, because you have such massive protection that you really can’t go anywhere,” he said.


“(Also) I like to drive … I can’t drive any more.”


When speaking on the possibility of a government shutdown, Trump seemed almost nonchalant.

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“We’ll see what happens. If there’s a shutdown, there’s a shutdown,” he said.


Trump also suggested Democrats would be to blame if the federal government does go unfunded, despite Republicans holding majorities in the House and Senate.

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