A reporter who interviewed President Trump ahead of his 100-day mark in office says the president bragged about his election win last November — complete with visual aids.
“[Trump] sort of interrupted himself and handed out this map of the Electoral College and said that these were the latest figures of the areas in the country that he had won in 2016,” Jeff Mason, Reuters White House correspondent, said Friday on CNN’s “New Day.”
“So it was just clear that the election, even five months after — he’s been in office nearly 100 days and gone through the transition — remains very much on his mind.”
Mason, whose interview with Trump was published Thursday, said the president enjoyed detailing his success with voters last year.
“I think he just wanted to relish in the fact that this map looks good for him,” Mason said, showing the map Trump gave him. “He said, ‘The red is obviously us.’”
“So whether that’s rooted in a sense that he still has to prove that he won or that he’s upset that the media got it wrong in terms of the predictions ahead of time, that’s hard for me to say.”
Trump admitted in Thursday’s interview that the presidency is more difficult than he had imagined.
“I loved my previous life,” he said. “I had so many things going. This is more work than my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”
Trump hits his first 100 days in office Saturday.
This piece was originally published at The Hill.