President Trump seemed to acknowledge he was in over his head, according to candid remarks he made to the Associated Press this weekend.
The interview — intended as an overview of Trump’s first 100 days in office — touched on numerous topics, from public and media perception of his presidency, to Trump’s worldview and how that affects his pursuit of certain domestic and foreign policy proposals. In one section of the interview, Trump acknowledged that making consequential foreign policy decisions, like the missile strike on an airbase in Syria’s Homs province, was a lot harder than he imagined:
When it came time to, as an example, send out the 59 missiles, the Tomahawks in Syria. I’m saying to myself, “You know, this is more than just like, 79 [sic] missiles. This is death that’s involved,” because people could have been killed. This is risk that’s involved, because if the missile goes off and goes in a city or goes in a civilian area — you know, the boats were hundreds of miles away — and if this missile goes off and lands in the middle of a town or a hamlet …. every decision is much harder than you’d normally make. [unintelligible] … This is involving death and life and so many things.
Trump also made a revealing comment about the cold nature of capitalism when comparing what goes into presidential decision-making as opposed to decision-making in the business realm, saying that government required “heart,” while business was heartless.
“[I]n business, you don’t necessarily need heart, whereas here, almost everything affects people. So if you’re talking about health care — you have health care in business but you’re trying to just negotiate a good price on health care, et cetera, et cetera. You’re providing health. This is [unintelligible]. Here, everything, pretty much everything you do in government, involves heart, whereas in business, most things don’t involve heart,” Trump told Pace. “In fact, in business you’re actually better off without it.”
The 100th day of Trump’s presidency falls on April 29th.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.