Trump regrets not taking softer tone in office even as he blasts opponents

United States President Donald Trump waving to supporters at a campaign rally on Monday in Cape Girahere, Missouri. He continued to bash individual Democrats and fan fears over immigration.
United States President Donald Trump waving to supporters at a campaign rally on Monday in Cape Girahere, Missouri. He continued to bash individual Democrats and fan fears over immigration. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON • Mr Donald Trump said he wished he had taken a softer tone in his first two years as United States President, even as he continued to bash individual Democrats and fan fears over immigration while campaigning on the eve of congressional elections.

Asked in an interview on Monday with Sinclair Broadcasting, one of the largest US TV station operators, if there was anything he regretted about his first two years in office, Mr Trump said: "I would say tone."

"I would like to have a much softer tone," he added. "I feel to a certain extent I have no choice, but maybe I do and maybe I could have been softer from that standpoint."

He made a series of media appearances and campaign rallies in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri the day before elections that will determine whether his Republican Party retains control of Congress.

Mr Trump's stated desire for a different, softer tone was not evident on Monday. He labelled Mr Richard Cordray, a Democratic candidate for Ohio governor, a "bad person".

He also reverted to familiar themes, calling Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas", bashing the news media, shouting for security to remove protesters and criticising Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein's role in the nomination hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Mr Trump told Sinclair he was not happy with the vitriol in current US political discourse, but blamed it on the election season. "I'd love to get along and I think after the election a lot of things can happen," he said.

 
 

In Indiana, he said Democrats encourage "millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overrun our country". He told Sinclair "it's not racism". "It's just that people have to come into our country legally."

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 07, 2018, with the headline 'Trump regrets not taking softer tone in office even as he blasts opponents'. Print Edition | Subscribe