- 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.
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%.
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."
"We had the greatest numbers in the history of the world," Trump said.