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Trump: US Political System Is 'Archaic'

| by Ray Brown

President Donald Trump said he is frustrated with the checks and balances system of the United States government.

"I think things generally tend to go a little bit slower than you'd like them to go," Trump told CBS News, adding: "It's just a very, very bureaucratic system. I think the rules in Congress and in particular the rules in the Senate are unbelievably archaic and slow moving. And in many cases, unfair. In many cases, you're forced to make deals that are not the deal you'd make. You'd make a much different kind of a deal. You're forced into situations that you hate to be forced into."

Trump then blamed Democrats for contributing to the gridlock in Congress.

"I also learned, and this is very sad, because we have a country that we have to take care of," Trump said. "The Democrats have been totally obstructionist. Chuck Schumer has turned out to be a bad leader. He's a bad leader for the country. And the Democrats are extremely obstructionist."

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He continued: "All they do is obstruct. All they do is delay. Even our Supreme Court justice, as you know, who I think is going to be outstanding, Justice Gorsuch. I think that it was disgraceful the way they handled that. But, you know, I still have people, I'm waiting for them to be approved. Our chief trade negotiator. We can't get these people through."

Trump's opinion on the slow-moving style of government provided critics with ignition to once again depict the president as a dictator-in-waiting.

"The more you read this, the more offensive it becomes," tweeted MSNBC host Joe Scarborough. "The Constitution is not 'archaic.' But it is repellant to would-be tyrants."

Trump recently completed his first 100 days in office and has been giving interviews that have provided a glimpse into the mind of the nation's commander in chief.

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In addition to being frustrated by the "archaic" style of government, Trump has also been surprised by the difficulty of being president of the United States of America.

"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."

He also said that being leader of the free world offers little freedom.

"You're really into your own little cocoon, because you have such massive protection that you really can't go anywhere," he said. "I like to drive. I can't drive any more."

Sources: CBS News, ReutersJoe Scarborough/Twitter/ Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Twitter

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