TRANSCRIPT: ABC News Anchor David Muir Speaks With President Trump

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, ABC News “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir interviewed President Donald Trump in his first sit-down television interview in the White House.

Afterward, the two continued their conversation during a walk on the White House grounds.

The following is a transcript of their conversation:

DAVID MUIR: Mr. President, I know you’re only five days in. Has it changed you?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I don’t wanna change too much. I’ve had a wonderful life and wonderful success. I wanna make this a great success for the American people and for the people that put me in this position. So I don’t wanna change too much. I can be the most presidential person ever, other than possibly the great Abe Lincoln, all right? But I can be the most presidential person. But I may not be able to do the job nearly as well if I do that. So I can say that it probably will change me somewhat. I’ve only been here a short period of time. But right now, I’m negotiating for jobs coming back into our country. I’m negotiating the cost of airplanes that are outta control, fighter jets and various other things. And I’m doing a lot of work to save a lot of money and to bring back a lot of jobs.

DAVID MUIR: Mr. President, has there been a place here in the White House that has stopped you in your tracks?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, I think maybe the room, the beautiful room where we just did the interview and we have–

DAVID MUIR: The Blue Room.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We have so many different locations and so many different places. And it’s really the history. I’ve seen beautiful houses over the years. This is a truly beautiful house. This is beyond what I thought. But it’s not so much the beauty, it’s what it represents. The White House represents something so special. And that’s what I think impresses me much more.

DAVID MUIR: Your predecessor used to talk often about finishing the day to get to his family upstairs — the stairwell’s right over here — to…

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