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Fri Apr 28, 2017, 04:33 PM

'I thought being president would be easier': Trump's Reuters interview highlights

Guardian staff and agencies

Friday 28 April 2017
Last modified on Friday 28 April 2017 12.57 EDT

On the presidency

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. Youre really into your own little cocoon, because you have such massive protection that you really cant go anywhere. I like to drive. I cant drive any more.

On Kim Jong-un

Hes 27 years old, his father dies, took over a regime, so say what you want but thats not easy, especially at that age. You know you have plenty of generals in there and plenty of other people that would like to do what hes doing. So Ive said this before and Ive, Im just telling you, and Im not giving him credit or not giving him credit. Im just saying thats a very hard thing to do. As to whether or not hes rational, I have no opinion on it. I hope hes rational.

On Chinese president Xi and North Korea

He certainly doesnt want to see turmoil and death. He doesnt want to see it. Hes a good man. Hes a very good man and I got to know him very well ... Well see how it all works out. I know he would like to be able to do something. Perhaps its possible that he cant. But I think hed like to be able to do something.

On North Korea

Theres a chance that we could end up having a major, major, conflict with North Korea, absolutely.

Q: Is that your biggest global worry at this point?

Yes, I would say thats true, yes ... North Korea would be certainly that.


On the end of Islamist terrorism

We cant let them come over here. I have to say, there is an end. And it has to be humiliation. There is an end. Otherwise its really tough. But there is an end. We are really eradicating some very bad people. When you take a look at whats going on with the cutting off of the heads. We havent seen that since medieval times. Right?


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