President Trump: ‘I Thought Being President Would Be Easier’

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By Barbara Kollmeyer | 8:12 am, April 28, 2017
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Regrets, he’s got a few.

U.S. President Donald Trump said the job he was elected to more than five months ago is turning out to be tougher than he expected, in an interview with Reuters on Thursday.

In a reflection on his first 100 days in office, Trump commented on several aspects of his new life that have surprised him, such as round-the-clock Secret Service protection. But also the tasks of the job at hand, when compared with his former life as a business mogul, were not what he expected:

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

— Donald Trump, president of the U.S.

Trump said such heavy protection felt like being in his ”own little cocoon,” and that he also misses driving.

Trump will complete 100 days in office on Saturday, which could mark a potential shutdown for the federal government if Congress cannot reach a spending deal by 12:01 a.m. Eastern.

The president said they would have to just wait and see what happens regarding those negotiations. “If there’s a shutdown, there’s a shutdown,” he said, in the interview.

He commented as well on the tax plan that was released Wednesday, and which some have criticized for being thin on detail, such as how it will be funded. Trump said trade deals that work more to the advantage of the U.S. and economic growth would help fund those tax cuts.

“We are going to be doing trade deals that are going to be much better trade deals,” he said. Trump said he would be renegotiating or even terminating a five-year old free trade deal with South Korea owing to a big deficit with that country.

On that note, he expressed opposition to a bailout deal for Puerto Rico that would cost “billions and billions of dollars,” as he said it be unfair to U.S. citizens.

This article was originally published in Marketwatch.