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         Trump on being president: ‘I thought it would be easier’

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, as 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.’

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

Trump is set to complete 100 days in office on Saturday, which coincides with a potential shutdown of the federal government if Congress cannot reach a spending deal by 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Saturday.

Read: Dow rally from election to Trump’s first 100 days on pace for postwar record

The president said Americans would have to wait and see what happens in the negotiations. “If there’s a shutdown, there’s a shutdown,” he reportedly said in the Reuters interview.

He commented as well on the tax framework that was released Wednesday, which some have criticized as 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 a heat-up of 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 broached the topic of renegotiating or even terminating a 5-year-old free trade deal with South Korea owing to a big deficit with that country.

Read: Trump threatens South Korean free-trade deal, says war with North possible

On that note, he expressed opposition to a bailout deal for Puerto Rico that would cost “billions and billions of dollars,” as he said that would be unfair to U.S. citizens. Under the Jones-Shafroth Act, signed in 1917 by President Woodrow Wilson, Puerto Ricans were granted statutory U.S. citizenship.

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