Former President Donald Trump says he wants to be less controversial if he’s elected to a second term, but he placed the blame for his combativeness squarely on the media.
Trump made the comments in an interview on “Special Report” with FOX host Bred Baier that became heated at times.
He said while he’d like to be less controversial and argumentative, the media forces him to be in order to be heard.
“What did you learn from your first term that you took from and changes that you would make if you get elected?” Baier asked.
“I would like to be less combative,” Trump answered.
“But I find the press is extremely dishonest. And if I’m not combative, I don’t get my word across. If I’m not combative, I don’t think you could win. I think, regardless of me or somebody else, if somebody else got the nomination, these radical left maniacs would come after them at a level like you’ve never seen before. And they are not going to be able to withstand it.”
He then referred to the investigation into his handling of classified documents that were found at Mar-a-Lago, for which he was recently indicted on federal charges.
“Our country is sick,” he said. “It’s sick. We have people that will do anything and it’s a very sad thing, like the document hoax. This should have never been brought. We are in the middle of a political campaign and they want to arrest the opponent who is leading the person that’s in theory in charge of government? This stuff shouldn’t happen.”
During the interview, he asserted he had been too busy to go through the boxes when the National Archives and Records Administration initially requested them back.
“I want to go through the boxes and get my personal things out. I don’t want to hand that over to NARA yet,” he said.
Trump said the boxes were interspersed with personal belongings such as clothing and shoes.