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© Al Drago/Getty Images President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he departs on the South Lawn of the White House, on December 12, 2020. Al Drago/Getty Images

  • Trump told Fox News on Monday that his time as president was “very traumatic.”
  • “I loved doing it because I helped people,” Trump said.
  • Trump also said he is “very seriously” considering a run in 2024.
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Former President Donald Trump would not describe his four years in the White House as smooth-sailing.

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Rather, his time as the most powerful person in the country was “very traumatic,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an exclusive sit-down interview on Monday night.

“I had a great life, great company, great business, no problems,” Trump said. “And now all I do is, people go after you. It’s vicious, it’s horrible.”

Before winning the 2016 presidential election, Trump had never served in public office and was well-known as a celebrity and billionaire real estate mogul. Yet his presidency, mired in scandals and controversies, tanked his reputation. He scored an average approval rating of 41%, lower than any of his predecessors since the Gallup poll began in the 1940s. Amid his refusal to concede the 2020 presidential election, the January 6 Capitol insurrection, and his second impeachment trial, Trump’s approval rating dipped to its lowest at 34%.

In his final year in office, Trump oversaw the US’s response to the coronavirus pandemic as the economy declined. Trump and his allies repeatedly downplayed the severity of the outbreak, and often flouted public health guidelines aimed at preventing virus transmission. By the time he left office, roughly 400,000 Americans had died of COVID-19.

Still, Trump told Hannity he misses the job.

“I miss the most, helping people,” Trump said. “That’s why I did it.”

“I loved doing it because I helped people,” he continued. “And I’ve helped them more than any president.”

The former president went on to tell Hannity that he is “very seriously” eyeing a 2024 presidential run, but stopped short of an announcement.

“I say this: I am looking at it very seriously, beyond seriously,” Trump said. “From a legal standpoint I don’t want to talk about it yet.”

Trump also said that he is “very proud” of the accomplishments of his administration, including the 2017 tax cuts and the creation of the US Space Force, and attacked President Joe Biden’s agenda.

“We had the greatest numbers in the history of the world,” Trump said.

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