In his first speech since reordering his campaign leadership, Donald Trump told a crowd in Charlotte, N.C., that he regrets some of what he has said, a rare admission from him that some of his campaign rhetoric has stirred controversy.
“Sometimes in the heat of the debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing,” Trump said in his speech. “I have done that, and believe it or not I regret it. And I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues.”
He was not specific about what he regrets, but added that “sometimes I can be too honest.” “One thing I can promise you is this: I will always tell you the truth,” he said.
Trump named Kellyanne Conway, a well-known pollster, as his campaign manager, and Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon as his CEO. That led to speculation over any changes that would occur in Trump’s approach to the race.
Trump previously rejected notions that he should apologize for controversial remarks. Earlier this month, he said he did not regret his attacks on the parents of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq. His father, Khizr Khan, spoke at the Democratic National Convention and chided the Republican nominee.
Trump also argued that the media was distorting what he has said.
“They will take words of mine out of context and spend a week obsessing over every single syllable,” he said.
In his speech, Trump said that his “campaign is about representing the great majority of Americans … who read the newspaper, or turn on the TV, and don’t hear anyone speaking for them. All they hear are insiders fighting for insiders.”