On the cusp of his 100th day in office, President Trump went on a media blitz this week, granting interviews to a number of outlets reflecting on his first months in the nation’s highest office.
In addition to an interview with the Associated Press that attracted attention for all the “unintelligible” lines in the transcript, Trump spoke to the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Reuters about everything from his flip-flop on withdrawing from NAFTA to his surprise about the difficulties of his job. Below are some of the most illuminating tidbits from the commander in chief.
He is nostalgic for pre-presidency life:
“I loved my previous life,” Trump told Reuters. “I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”
As Trump threatened to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, members of his cabinet scrambled:
The Post reported that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue were instrumental in persuading Trump not to abandon NAFTA.
“Perdue even brought along a prop to the Oval Office: A map of the United States that illustrated the areas that would be hardest hit, particularly from agriculture and manufacturing losses, and highlighting that many of those states and counties were ‘Trump country’ communities that had voted for the president in November.
‘It shows that I do have a very big farmer base, which is good,’ Trump recalled. ‘They like Trump, but I like them, and I’m going to help them.’”
He’s not ruling out military action in dealing with North Korea:
Trump told Reuters, “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely.”
“We’d love to solve things diplomatically, but it’s very difficult,” he added.
Trump rejects the narrative of a power struggle between nationalists and globalists in his White House:
“Hey, I’m a nationalist and a globalist,” he told the Wall Street…