Donald Trump’s new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said on Friday morning that Trump made the decision himself to express regret on Thursday evening over some of his comments that have caused “personal pain.”
“He was talking about anyone who feels offended by anything he said, and that’s all him. He took extra time yesterday going over that speech with a pen. So that was a decision he made, those were his words,” Conway told ABC’s David Muir. “And I hope everybody who has criticized him at some point, David, for being insensitive or for mocking someone, at least show some recognition and some forgiveness.”
Muir later pressed Conway on whether Trump’s uncharacteristic admission of regret was her idea.
“It was not me. That’s all Donald Trump. He’s the candidate here, I’m not,” she replied.
And when asked why Trump chose to express regret now, Conway said, “It’s an expression of regret. Perhaps he felt it before, but he expressed it now.”
Muir also asked Conway if Trump planned on reaching out to the Khan family after his repeated attacks on them.
“He may, but I certainly hope that they heard him last night,” she responded. “And I certainly hope America heard him last night because of all the people, David, who have been saying, ‘Hey, let’s get Trump to pivot, let’s get him to be more presidential.’ That is presidential.”