President Donald Trump confessed that leading the country is far more difficult than he expected it to be.
"I loved my previous life," Trump admitted to Reuters while reflecting on his first 100 days as president. "I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."
"This -- I like to work," he adds. "But this is actually more work."
The wealthy Trump is no stranger to fame and the constraints it can impose. Trump says he is used to a life with little privacy, but he feels even more like he lives in a "cocoon" as president.
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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, referring to his 24-hour Secret Service protection.
"I like to drive," he adds. "I can't drive any more."
In February, Trump admitted he was surprised by how complex the details of his job were.
"Now, I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject," he said, reports the New York Post. "Nobody knew health care could be so complicated."
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He echoed similar sentiments while discussing North Korea with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
"After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it's not so easy," Trump said. "I felt pretty strongly that they had a tremendous power [over] North Korea ... But it's not what you would think."
Trump's comments were largely met with hostility.
"This is enraging," wrote one woman on The New York Times' Facebook Post about his remarks. "That he really thought this would be an easy job. It's a slap in the face to all Americans and every President that came before him. We knew he didn't know what he was getting into or even how the government runs."
"How about you now show a bit of appreciation for how Obama dealt with 8 years of monkeys flinging s*** at him, and some contrition for being one of those monkeys," wrote a third.
Others defended Trump.
"I hate Trump," wrote one. "But this is a non story. Just because it's more difficult than he anticipated, doesn't mean anything. Do you honestly think that everyone who has been elected knew how hard this job would be?"
"When the media and a good percentage of Americans are throwing stones at him everyday - how can it not be tiring and exhausting!!!" commented one woman on Fox 6 News Milwaukee's Facebook post.