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

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.PlayJonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images
WATCH Melania Trump distrusts some in the West Wing

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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