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Trump Offers ‘Softer Tone’ After Midterm Elections

US President Donald Trump smiles during a phone conversation with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto on trade in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 27, 2018. - President Donald Trump said Monday the US had reached a 'really good deal' with Mexico and talks …
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President Donald Trump said Monday, on the eve of the 2018 midterm elections, that he looked forward to a “softer tone” after Tuesday — regardless of who won.

The Sinclair Broadcast Groups’s Scott Thurman asked Trump if he had any regrets about his first two years in office. Trump replied:

“I would say tone. 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 have been softer from that standpoint.”

Trump’s remarks came as he barnstormed the country delivering fiery speeches on behalf of Republican candidates — and more than a week after Democrats blamed his rhetoric on immigration for a mass shooting by an extremist who attacks a Pittsburgh synagogue, ostensibly because a Jewish organization was helping immigrants.

Thurman asked Trump whether his “tough talk” on immigration caused racism. He rejected the idea. “No, I don’t — it’s not racism, it’s just that people have to come into our country legally, otherwise you don’t have a country.”

The president also said that he would “love to get along” with Democrats after the election — though “right now, they’re in their mode, and we’re in our mode.”

He said “a lot of things can happen” if the two parties could find a way to work together.

Lest Trump’s remarks be interpreted as anticipating Republican losses in the House on Tuesday, the president said: “I really think we’re going to see some good numbers out of the House. Now the Senate, we’re looking very good, but I see some surprising numbers out of the House.”

The Democrats’ leader in the House, Nancy Pelosi, pledged a confrontational approach toward the administration in an interview published Monday in HuffPost.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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