President Donald Trump told ABC News that he "may not be able to do the job" of being president as well if he changes who he is.
"I don't want to change too much," Trump said during an interview with ABC's David Muir that aired Wednesday, adding, "I've had a wonderful life and wonderful success. I want to make this a great success for the American people and for the people that put me in this position. So I don't want to change too much."
The president said that, if he wanted, he could be "the most presidential person ever," with the possible sole exception of Abraham Lincoln.
However, Trump then added, "I may not be able to do the job [of president] nearly as well if I do that."
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) January 26, 2017
Trump's comment echoes what he said in August 2016 during an interview with Wisconsin television station WKBT-TV.
"I am who I am. It’s me. I don’t wanna change. Everybody talks about, ‘Oh well, you’re gonna pivot, you’re gonna’ — I don’t wanna pivot. I mean, you have to be you. If you start pivoting, you’re not being honest with people," Trump said, according to Politico.