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‘I Thought it Would be Easier’: President Trump Reflects on Being Leader of the Free World

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In a sprawling interview with Reuters, published last night, President Donald Trump reflected on a wide range of topics from the chance of “major” conflict with North Korea, tending relations with China, the 2016 election (of course), and how he missed his former life as an irreverent Manhattan billionaire.

“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” Trump told Reuters. “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”

Trump mused about the isolation of White House life and how he missed driving.

At the conclusion of his first 100 days in office, it’s not surprising that the president may be feeling a little wistful. After three months, Trump has been stymied on virtually every legislative priority he championed on the campaign trail. A plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act lies in shambles and his signature executive orders have been blocked by federal judges. A plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code promises to be an even heavier lift than those failed efforts.

On foreign policy, Trump has also betrayed a stark learning curve, changing positions on major campaign promises like NAFTA, and Chinese currency manipulation after speaking with affected world leaders.

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