Oct 11, 2018, 9:36 AM ET

Trump on administration officials he doesn't trust: 'We'll weed them out'

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President Trump said he agrees with the first lady's comments to ABC News that there are still officials in his administration that he can't trust, and said he's actively working to "weed them out."

"We have great people right now working," Trump said in a 45-minute phone interview with "Fox and Friends" Thursday. "Are there some I'm not in love with? Yes. And we'll weed them out slowly but surely."

PHOTO: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump disembark from Air Force One upon arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Helsinki, July 15, 2018, on the eve of a summit in Helsinki between the US President and his Russian counterpart.Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump disembark from Air Force One upon arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Helsinki, July 15, 2018, on the eve of a summit in Helsinki between the US President and his Russian counterpart.

The president was responding to comments the first lady made in an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with ABC News' "20/20" during her trip to Africa.

Asked by ABC News Chief National Affairs Correspondent Tom Llamas whether there are still people in the president’s administration "he can't trust," the first lady said yes.

"It's harder to govern," Melania Trump said in a clip that aired Thursday on "Good Morning America." "You always need to watch your back."

PHOTO: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, take part in the 95th Annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House, in Washington on November 30, 2017.Oliver Contreras/Sipa USA via AP
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, take part in the 95th Annual National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House, in Washington on November 30, 2017.

President Trump said Thursday he believed the first lady's comments were true, adding that he believed many officials in government were going to be hostile because he first came to Washington as an outsider.

"I was in Washington probably 17 times in my life," President Trump told "Fox and Friends." "I came to Washington on the 18th time, I said, 'Darling, can you believe it? I'm president.' I didn't know people in Washington."

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  • Thomas

    Just as the people will weed out politicians we don't trust.

  • TexasVulcan

    How was President Trump himself able to pick so many untrustworthy people? Simple. They were "friends" and "supporters" and hardly qualified for the jobs they were appointed to. They were the same kind of people as Trump. They take the job to get whatever they can out of it and the hell with America.

  • kritikosman

    You picked 'em sucka! #trump #bestpeople

  • Paul Iannello

    even some he trusts shouldn't be....

  • mollydtt

    Nobody trusts Trump, but they kiss his behind. They don’t want to be banished to the cornfield.

  • Fowlthing

    It's hard to trust anyone when you make enmies of everyone.

  • Stephen Bishop

    Trump doesn't realize that loyalty is earned, not demanded. If it weren't for money, no one would go near him.

  • Real Deal McNeal

    The demagogue awakens!

  • Army Brat

    What a failed presidency and his lies are endless. He tells everyone his rally yesterday was overpacked yet there empty seats throughout .

  • Corvidae

    Since Roy Cohn died, Trump hasn't trusted anybody outside of his family. That is why he put his Ivana in charge of the Trump Castle and his brother Robert in charge of developing the Taj Mahal, even though they were both clueless, with predictably awful results. Trump believes family are absolutely loyal, and he values loyalty over competency and ability.

  • Prophet With Honor

    The problem isn't with those he doesn't trust, it is those he does trust that are dangerous.

  • Stephen Bishop

    Eventually, we'll weed Trump out.

  • Rubber Banned

    Either someone is a puling sycophant or he considers them untrustworthy.