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Trump: Being president a 'big burden on the family'

The Hill logo The Hill 1/05/2017 Rebecca Savransky
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President Trump in an interview published Sunday said his role as president has affected his family life.

"There is no question, it is a big burden on the family," the president told The Washington Times.

He also criticized the media for the way it has treated members of his family.

The president said his wife, Melania Trump, has been "terribly abused by the press."

"Really unfairly," he said. "She's a high-quality person. She's been amazing for the country."

He added his wife has been a "great representative."

"In fact, her polls: She went up 29 points, did you see that?" he said. "But she's been very highly abused by the press, which was very unfair. And now people are starting to know her."

Trump also talked about his son, Barron, who is living in New York with the first lady. The two are expected to move to the White House once Barron finishes up the school year.

"I have a son who's a very young boy, he just turned 11," Trump said.

"He'll be taken away from his school and be put into a brand new school. He likes playing on his soccer team in New York, they're all of his friends, and you know he'll be taken away from that team. We didn't want to do it in the middle of a season."

During the interview, the president also brushed off an incident last week in which his elder daughter, Ivanka Trump, faced a tough audience during a women's panel in Germany after calling her father a "tremendous champion of supporting families."

"I listened to that, and you had to listen pretty [carefully] - that was not booing like we all know it," Trump said. "She gave an answer, and she's cool. She can handle it."

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