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Trump on Life and Death Decisions: 'It's Killing, I Hate It'

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By    |   Monday, 01 May 2017 10:15 AM

President Donald Trump has found during his first 100 days in office that many deals are far more of a matter of life or death than his business decisions had involved.

"It's human lives," Trump told CBS' John Dickerson in an interview recorded in the Oval Office and airing Monday on the "CBS This Morning" program.

"You're killing people, and you can kill the wrong people, too. You know, those things go off and they end up in a town or they end up in a city. And you have another tragedy on your hands."

Already, in his first 100 days, Trump has ordered strikes on a Syrian airbase in retaliation for a deadly chemical weapons attack and the use of the "Mother of All Bombs" strike in Afghanistan against the Islamic State. 

"These decisions are unbelievable you know, in terms of the importance because it's human — it's — it's — it's killing," said Trump. "I hate it. But things have to be done."

The president said it was the "bigness" of the Oval Office that made him realize the magnitude of the room and of decisions he needs to make as commander in chief.

Further, he's come to realize that there is "nobody you can call" when it's time to make those decisions.

Trump, though, did cut the interview off when Dickerson continued to push him on former President Barack Obama, stepping back behind his desk and telling him "that's enough" after discussing the "difficulties" he's had when dealing with his predecessor.

"You can take it the way you want," Trump told Dickerson, while discussing his claims that Obama ordered surveillance on Trump Tower during his transition period.

"I think our side's been proven very strongly. And everybody's talking about it. And frankly, it should be discussed. I think that is a very big surveillance of our citizens. I think it's a very big topic. And it's a topic that should be No.1. And we should find out what the hell is going on."

Trump, however, before that point, did take a more light tone, including explaining the purpose of a red button on his desk.

"Everyone thinks this is very ominous right here," he told Dickerson. "See this? These are phones. These are very secure phones, but this is very ominous looking because of the red button."

But pushing the button "gets you a Coke or gets you a Pepsi . . . any other cola companies I should mention?" he said. "But it gets you something."

Trump said he's also decided to put chairs in front of his desk, which had not been done before but is usually how he works.

"This is a great desk with a phenomenal history. Many great presidents were behind this desk. This was FDR's [Franklin Delano Roosevelt's], Ronald Reagan's, John F. Kennedy's," Trump said.

The Oval Office's "bigness" has also affected visitors, including "big people from big companies," said Trump, and one of them came in and "started to cry."

"This is a tough person by the way," said Trump. "Came into the Oval Office and started to cry. Now, this is a person with a magnificent office with beautiful glass walls and everything else. You understand. You've seen those offices before. But there is something very special about this space."

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