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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson: ‘Real possibility’ that I’ll run for president

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson now says there’s a “real possibility” that he will make a White House run.

“A year ago, it started coming up more and more,” the “Fate of the Furious” star tells GQ in a story published Wednesday. “There was a real sense of earnestness, which made me go home and think ‘Let me really rethink my answer and make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful.’”

Johnson, who spoke at the Republican National Convention in 2000 and attended the Democratic National Convention that same year, tells the mag he’s registered as an independent.

{mosads}The 45-year-old pro wrestler-turned-actor, who’s long flirted with a political bid, also offered his take on President Trump’s performance since taking office.

“Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important. Leadership would be important. Taking responsibility for everybody. [If I didn’t agree with someone] on something, I wouldn’t shut them out. I would actually include them.”

“The first thing we’d do is we’d come and sit down and we’d talk about it. It’s hard to categorize right now how I think [Trump’s] doing, other than to tell you how I would operate, what I would like to see,” Johnson said.

Saying he “completely disagrees” with Trump’s travel ban, the action movie star said, “I believe in our national security to the core, but I don’t believe in a ‘ban’ that bans immigrants. I believe in inclusion. Our country was built on that, and it continues to be made strong by that. And the decision felt like a snap judgment.”

Trump’s revised ban, signed in March, calls for a 120-day halt on all refugee resettlement and a 90-day pause on anyone from six Muslim-majority countries entering the United States. It’s currently on hold and being challenged in the courts.

“I feel like the majority of, if not all, Americans feel that protection is of huge importance. But the ideology and the execution [of national-security initiatives] is where we really have to be careful of not making those snap decisions, because there’s a tail effect … Within 24 hours, we saw a ‘tail effect,’” says Johnson. “It grew to heartache, it grew to a great deal of pain, it grew to a great deal of confusion, and it had a lot of people scrambling.”

Johnson says he’d like to see “better leadership” from the commander in chief.

“When there’s a disagreement, and you have a large group of people that you’re in a disagreement with — for example, the media — I feel like it informs me that I could be better. We all have issues, and we all gotta work our s— out. And I feel like one of the qualities of a great leader is not shutting people out. I miss that part,” he told GQ.

“Even if we disagree, we’ve got to figure it out. Because otherwise I feel, as an American, all I hear and all I see in the example you’re setting is ‘Now I’m shutting you out. And you can’t come.’ [Disagreement] informs us. The responsibility as president — I [would] take responsibility for everyone. Especially when you disagree with me. If there’s a large number of people disagreeing, there might be something I’m not seeing, so let me see it. Let me understand it.”


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