President Donald Trump on Monday said he regrets the “tone” he used during his first two years in office — and it “could be softer.”
The admission came during an interview with the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Scott Thuman amid a campaign blitz on the eve of Tuesday’s elections.
“There would be certain things, I’m not sure I want to reveal all of them,” Trump responded to a question about whether he had any midterm regrets.
“But I would say tone,” he continued. “I would like to have a much softer tone. I feel to a certain extent I have no choice. But maybe I do, and maybe I could be softer from that standpoint.”
Trump also declared he would “love to get along” with Democrats, suggesting bipartisanship will have to wait until after the elections.
“I would love to get along, and I think after the election a lot of things can happen,” he said. “But right now they are in their mode, and we are in our mode. And you know if you’re criticized you have to hit back, or you should.”
He was optimistic about better times as well.
“I hope so. It is certainly better for the country,” Trump said. “I hope that happens and we are certainly willing to do that. And think before anything else we have to get tomorrow over with.”
But he refuted the idea his heated immigration rhetoric on has led to fear-mongering and racism.
“No, I don’t – and it’s not racist – it’s just that people have to come into our country legally, otherwise you don’t have a country,” Trump said.
Last month, Trump told reporters he could “really tone it up.”
“I think I’ve been toned down, if you want to know the truth,” Trump said, adding: “The media has been completely unfair to Republicans . . . and to me.”
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