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After Donald Trump confessed to Reuters that he thought being president would be “easier” than it is, Twitter blew up with aghast responses from voters, people in politics and at least one former head of state, who pleaded with the president to please quit the White House and just stick to the golf links.
Trump’s remarks in an interview published Friday (”This is more work than in my previous life; I thought it would be easier”) drew a storm of comments expressing astonishment and derision, mostly delivered in the snarkiest way possible.
The comments were similar to Trump’s astonishing remark in February, when he observed: “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) laughed at first when asked about that comment but then got serious: ”Yeah, we got a clue. When you provide health care in a nation of 320 million people, yeah, it is very, very complicated.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders mocks President Trump saying nobody knew health care is "so complicated" https://t.co/TpQI6mVjDI https://t.co/xTaFEnVsCB— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) February 28, 2017


If anything, Trump’s latest comments were even more rattling, drawing a stunned response from former Mexican President Vicente Fox Quesada and a zinger from commentator Keith Olbermann.

.@realDonaldTrump, a 100 days! Being President ain't easy, you know? You're tired, just leave, go back to golfing. America will understand.— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) 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


Oxford political researcher Brian Klaas weighed in with shock, and Democratic political operative David Axelrod wondered at the reality of it.

Trump thought the hardest job on Earth would be easier and less work than being a reality TV host. Oh. My. God. pic.twitter.com/CWehh408BX— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) April 28, 2017



Not @Onion headline.https://t.co/NtlZzLfs3h— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) April 28, 2017


A particularly relentless rat-a-tat-tat rant came from someone with major chops in the Republican Party, David Frum, George W. Bush’s speechwriter, who wrote no less than 14 tweets attacking the president’s comments. 

All this information was cunningly concealed by being put in books and other forms of writing— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 28, 2017



Also , nobody could have known that 2 year old tweets are retrievable— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 28, 2017



Nobody could have known it was wrong for a former head of an intelligence agency to accept money from foreign governments— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 28, 2017



Nobody could have known that a few dozen little white lies about things like wiretapping could cause so much trouble— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 28, 2017



Nobody could have known that removing health coverage from tens of millions of people might have political consequences— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 28, 2017



Nobody could have known that tax plans are supposed to come with numbers— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 28, 2017



Nobody could have known that they tally and publish how much your weekend golf excursions cost the public— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 28, 2017



Nobody could have known that the Indian and the Pacific are different oceans— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 28, 2017



Nobody could have known that Congress would ask questions if you accepted $400 million from a state controlled Chinese bank— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 28, 2017



Nobody could have known that his wife often looks unhappy when his back is turned— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 28, 2017


And the Twitter field was littered with those who just tried to make some sense of it all.

Promise him a spot on Mount Rushmore, doctor up some historically high approval ratings, and I bet you could convince Trump to retire now.— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) 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



Trump: "I loved my previous life...I thought it'd [being President] be easier..." Everyone: pic.twitter.com/OrupcjFqvH— D Ray (@KingDavid757) April 28, 2017



Donald says he thought being president would be easier. In 100 days, all he has to show for it is learning that presidenting is hard.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 28, 2017



Nobody said it was easy / No one ever said it would be this hard*accompanied by world's smallest violin* https://t.co/2ZtqELIec0— Andy Brown (@AndyBrown1314) April 28, 2017



The sad part is 62 million probably believed it would be easier for him too.Sad. This is just sad. https://t.co/QPsDhVypBF— Amene (@Ange_Amene) April 28, 2017



I loved my life before Trump was elected. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life, when we had a stable govt.— Maris Kreizman (@mariskreizman) April 28, 2017


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