First and foremost are Trump’s statements about North Korea. Not only did the president say that there was the possibility of “a major, major conflict with North Korea.” Pressed on the chance of a U.S.–North Korea conflict, Trump reiterated, “Absolutely.” The president did say he would prefer to reach a diplomatic solution but added that that would be “very difficult.”
Trump then expressed some genuinely empathetic sentiments towards their authoritarian leader, Kim Jong-un.
“He’s 27 years old. His father dies, [he] took over a regime. So say what you want, but that is not easy, especially at that age,” Trump said. “I’m not giving him credit or not giving him credit, I’m just saying that’s a very hard thing to do.”
Many readers jumped on that quote, saying it expressed somewhat kind thoughts toward a man who is known for starving and imprisoning his own populace, but there’s also the possibility that Trump is aware a great deal of North Korea’s saber rattling comes from wanting respect on the international stage. Perhaps it’s a negotiating tactic.
Still, the prospect of dealing with an authoritarian regime possibly about to launch a nuclear test while simultaneously forcing through healthcare and tax reform in America is more daunting than the former real estate mogul and reality TV star ever realized.
“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life,” Trump said. “I thought it would be easier.”
Despite his ability to summon a Coke on demand, Trump said he misses the creature comforts of quasi-private life.
“You’re really into your own little cocoon because you have such massive protection that you really can’t go anywhere,” Trump said. “I like to drive. I can’t drive anymore.”