In an interview with ABC 7 News Monday, President Trump was asked if there was anything from the first nearly two years of his presidency he personally regretted and would do over, if given the chance.
“Well, there would be certain things,” Trump told ABC 7 reporter Scott Thuman, with a quick glance at the camera. “I’m not sure I want to reveal all of them.”
Without missing a beat, however, the president admitted his “tone” would be one of them.
“I would like to have a much softer tone,” Trump said. “I feel, to a certain extent, I have no choice, but maybe I do, and maybe I could have been softer from that standpoint.”
It’s unclear if Trump was referring to or regretting anything specific. Ever since he burst onto the political scene, he has frequently been criticized for his rhetoric. Trump has mocked his opponents, often assigning them belittling nicknames, and labeled the press “Fake News” and “the enemy of the people.”
Trump has also amplified conspiracy theories, most recently claiming without evidence that “unknown Middle Easterners” were mixed in with a caravan of migrants walking north from Central America.
Two weeks ago, Trump denied that his rhetoric was in any way linked to the arrest of Cesar Sayoc, a Florida man suspected of sending at least 13 mail bombs to prominent Democrats and Trump critics.
When reporters asked Trump if he would tone down his rhetoric in the wake of Sayoc’s arrest, Trump said he would not — and in fact indicated he might do the opposite.
“I could really tone it up,” Trump said then.