In an interview with Reuters on Thursday night, President Trump confided to journalists that being leader of the free world is tougher than he thought.
“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” Trump told Reuters. “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”
“You’re really into your own little cocoon, because you have such massive protection that you really can’t go anywhere,” Trump added. “I like to drive… I can’t drive anymore.”
The statement is particularly astonishing, considering Trump’s old life as head of the Trump Organization consisted of firing people on a game show and recording short videos commenting on pop culture events from his office.
Prior to the interview with the three Reuters reporters, Trump, who is likely realizing that election night was the high point of his presidency, had staffers prepare election night maps for each reporter to take home, which showed the states Trump won.
“Here, you can take that, that’s the final map of the numbers,” President Trump said as he gave out maps of the country with counties he won colored red. “It’s pretty good, right? The red is obviously us.”
Trump brought printed map handouts showing his electoral college win to his Reuters interview. https://t.co/luUq5ZNEBi
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 28, 2017
Of course, Twitter mercilessly roasted the President of the United States for thinking that leading the world’s largest military and economy would be easier than being a billionaire blowhard. Others remarked that quotes from his Reuters interview should give his next presidential challenger all the ammunition they need to win the White House in 2020.
"I thought it would be easier" is really not what you're hoping to hear from the guy you just hired for the most important job in the world.
— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) April 28, 2017
"I thought this would be easier" – Donald Trump
Whoever challenges this sorry excuse in 2020, make that your campaign slogan.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 28, 2017
100 years from now, "I thought it would be easier" will be the line that sums up the Trump presidency in history books. https://t.co/eOkU1iA14s
— Andy Cole (@AndyCole84) April 28, 2017
He. Thought. Being. President. Would. Be. Easier. Than. Being. An. Old. Rich. Lecher. https://t.co/QmU4r9oHqr
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) April 28, 2017
I don't know much, but "being President is hard" was literally one of the first things I ever knew.
— Zach Heltzel (@zachheltzel) April 28, 2017
Other Twitter users remarked that if they were in the same room with a President Trump who said he missed his old life, they would attempt to convince him to resign. Another astute observation came from @howardtayler, who referenced the Dunning-Kruger term used in modern psychology used to describe someone who believes they’re more competent than they actually are.
On Campaign: "Only I can fix it."
In Office: "I didn't know it would be this hard."
Humility beckons, President Dunning/Kruger.
— Howard Tayler (@howardtayler) April 28, 2017
If I interviewed Trump & he whined about how hard it is to be President, I'd spend the rest of the interview trying to convince him to quit
— Gloria Fallon (@GloriaFallon123) April 28, 2017
when trump thinks being a president is hard pic.twitter.com/CMj03jiHa2
— meg (@falseshephard) April 28, 2017
— Mike Levin (@MikeLevinCA) April 28, 2017
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.