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100 days of Donald Trump: Thought this would be easier, miss my old life, says US President

28 April, 2017 7:06 PM
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100 days of Donald Trump: Thought this would be easier, miss my old life, says US President

Donald Trump will be completing 100 days in office today, but in an interview given just two days earlier, the President admitted that being President has not been as easy as he thought it would be.

US President Donald Trump, who is just about to complete his first 100 days in office, has finally admitted to what the world was telling since he began his campaign -- he wasn't ready to become President.

In an exclusive interview with Reuters on Thursday, Trump talked about how much he missed old life and how he expected being President 'would be easier'.

"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," Trump told Reuters.

It's not just the pressure of his duties and decision-making processes that face him as President, Trump is having a tough time adjusting to limelight as well. The wealthy New York businessman and former host of the celebrity reality show The Apprentice said, "he was accustomed to not having privacy in his 'old life,' (but) expressed surprise at how little he had now," read the Reuters report.

The 24-hour Secret Service protection, and a constrained lifestyle haven't helped Trump either. "You're really into your own little cocoon, because you have such massive protection that you really can't go anywhere," he said.

Trump's statements, made just two days before he completed 100 days as the President of the United States, bring to mind the times he was warned that being President wasn't his cup of tea.

From former president Barack Obama, late night show hosts and Hollywood stars to Twitter users from around the world, everyone reminded the Donald that he didn't have enough experience to take up the role. Even Hillary Clinton, the Democrat candidate fighting Trump, argued that she had a lot more experience in politics and the workings of the government than he did.

Trump's naivety at the job has been visible many times over the last three months: From the time when he refused to shake hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the time he justified lying in a press conference saying, "I was given that information."

Then there was the infamous interview with Fox News, after he launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase, where Trump passionately talked about the chocolate cake he was eating when he green-lit the attack, and then proceeded to call Syria "Iraq".

But Trump's inexperience in politics became most apparent when Steve Bannon -- the man widely regarded as the mastermind behind his victory -- tricked him into signing an executive order that gave Bannon a national security role. Though Trump denied he was 'manipulated' by Bannon, he was quick to sideline his chief strategist.

The extent of controversies around Trump's presidency have prompted The New York Times to declare his first 100 days as President as "the worst on record." His track record of lying and making misleading statements hasn't helped the President either.

According to a database maintained by The Washington Post, Trump has made 452 false or misleading claims in 98 days as President of the United States.

As if missing his comfortable, old life wasn't problem enough for the US President, various decisions taken by him have faced immense resistance from all corners.

For example, in a setback for his plan to build a wall along Mexico, it was revealed that many companies are refusing to bid for the wall's construction as lawmakers in California could pass bill killing their pension fund investments and state contracts.

Then there was the Trumpcare disaster where his healthcare plan was so bad and so controversial that in a Congress -- controlled by his own party leaders -- Republican leaders withdrew the much publicised legislation to overhaul Obamacare.

Interestingly, the people most aggressively resisting the Trump presidency have been American late night show hosts like Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee, John Oliver and Stephen Colbert, and literally every one of them have been brutal.

Hosts have, by now, perfected their own impersonations of Trump, his speeches and news conferences. The President's aides, cabinet members and family members who have been roped into the government (Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner) haven't been spared either.

"I think there's strong evidence that the president is always high," remarked Trevor Noah on his April 20 show.

Noah even has a recurring segment called "Who Is the Real President of the United States This Week?" where he ranks the top three people running the United States -- instead of Donald Trump. The top names have so far included Steve Bannon, Fox News and most recently Jared Kushner.

The most popular sketches on Trump have come from Saturday Night Live, in which Alec Baldwin manages to nail almost every Trump mannerism.

There's nothing surprising about the ridicule being piled upon Trump, or the resistance he is facing, considering every day of his presidency has been controversial, and at times, shocking and confusing.

It also isn't surprising, then, that the former businessman is now feeling the heat of presidency.

Trump admitting to the pressure, however, is purely ironic since he spent the greater part of his presidential campaign denying that being President was going to be a tough affair.

So, at this point all we can really say is, we told you so, Donald. We told you so.


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