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Trump Surprised How Tough President's Job Is

| by Jordan Smith

President Donald Trump has admitted in an interview to mark his first 100 days in office that he is surprised at how hard the job of Commander-in-Chief is.

Trump spoke to Reuters April 27 in the Oval Office.

He began by looking back on his life prior to winning the 2016 presidential election last November.

"I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," Trump said, according to Reuters. "This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."

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During the interview, the president warned of the potential for war to break out. He noted that the prospect existed of a "major, major conflict" involving the U.S. and North Korea, according to the BBC.

Trump also looked back to last November's election, handing out maps to media members showing the latest vote tallies.

"Here, you can take that, that's the final map of the numbers," he added to Reuters. "It's pretty good, right? The red is obviously us."

The president noted that, when he leaves the White House, he is usually in a limousine or SUV.

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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," said Trump.

"I like to drive," he added. "I can't drive any more."

Observers have also expressed their opinions on the president's performance during his first 100 days.

"Very little has been done," historian H.W. Brands told Vox. "Nothing of legislative accomplishment. The big deal was going to be repeal and revision of the Affordable Care Act -- that didn't happen. There was some thought that maybe a tax reform bill would get passed, but no, that's not going to happen."

He pointed out that Trump had overturned various Obama-era regulations, but alleged these were not as significant as passing major legislation would have been.

After the House delayed a vote on repealing Obamacare April 27, Trump will not achieve health care reform within his first 100 days.

Reports say the vote will now take place next week at the earliest. Around 15 Republicans are still opposed to the measure, with another 20 leaning towards a no vote.

"Protections for those with pre-existing conditions without contingency and affordable access to coverage for every American remain my priorities for advancing health care reform, and this bill does not satisfy these benchmarks for me," Republican Rep. Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania said, according to Politico. "I remain a no vote on this bill in its current form."

Sources: Reuters, BBC, Vox, Politico / Photo credit: Shealah Craighead/Wikimedia Commons

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