President Donald Trump, in an interview with Reuters, said he’s been taken a bit off-guard by the demands of the White House — that truly, he thought being leader of the free world would be “easier” than it is.
It’s an endearing admission, one that brings a smile because it shows just how man-of-the-people Trump really is.
He also said the bubble of the White House was a bit taxing, and that he missed both the freedom and privacy of his old life — and the fact that he could be the “driver,” as opposed to passenger.
“He misses driving, feels as if he is in a cocoon, and is surprised how hard his new job is.
“President Donald Trump on Thursday reflected on his first 100 days in office with a wistful look at his life before the White House.
“‘I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” Trump told Reuters in an interview. ‘This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.’
“A wealthy businessman from New York, Trump assumed public office for the first time when he entered the White House on Jan. 20 after he defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an upset. …
“Trump, who said he was accustomed to not having privacy in his ‘old life,’ expressed surprise at how little he had now. And he made clear he was still getting used to having 24-hour Secret Service protection and its accompanying constraints.
“‘You’re really into your own little cocoon, because you have such massive protection that you really can’t go anywhere,’ he said.
“When the president leaves the White House, it is usually in a limousine or an SUV.
“He said he missed being behind the wheel himself.
“‘I like to drive,’ he said. ‘I can’t drive any more.’
“Many things about Trump have not changed from the wheeler-dealer executive and former celebrity reality show host who ran his empire from the 26th floor of Trump Tower in New York and worked the phones incessantly.
“He frequently turns to outside friends and former business colleagues for advice and positive reinforcement. Senior aides say they are resigned to it.”
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