On Thursday, the GOP presidential nominee expressed regret over saying “the wrong thing,”
reports. Although Trump didn’t specify which comment he was referring to, his remarks were the closest thing he’s come to an apology; something he
“Sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing,” Trump reportedly said. “I have done that. And believe it or not, I regret it. And I do regret it, particularly where it may have cause personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues.”
In addition to his remorse, Trump also promised his supporters that he would always be honest with them, CNN reports.
Despite lacking specifics, the gesture was a step in a very opposite direction for Trump, who’s been candid about his steering clear of apologizing.
“I never like to say sorry because that means there’s a mistake,” Trump told PEOPLE in the past. “Probably the last time I said sorry was a long time ago.”
Trumps statement followed a particularly controversial month for the nominee, as he dealt with backlash from his comments regarding the family of a
Muslim-American soldier who died in combat
before suggesting that
“Second Amendment people”
could stop Hillary Clinton even if she won the election. After that comment, Trump continued, saying that President Obama and the former Secretary of State
Meanwhile, Trump’s expressing remorse wasn’t enough for the Clinton campaign who criticized the real estate mogul for delivering a prepared statement and not specifying what he was apologizing for.
“Donald Trump literally started his campaign by insulting people. He has continued to do so throughout each of the 428 days from then until now, without shame or regret,” a statement, obtained by PEOPLE read. “We learned tonight that his speechwriter and teleprompter knows he has much for which he should apologize. But that apology tonight is simply a well-written phrase until he tells us which of his many offensive, bullying and divisive comments he regrets – and changes his tune altogether.”
The statement was accompanied by a list of Trump’s previous “insults” and past instances in which he has expressed “regret.”
Trump’s statement of remorse also followed a
drop in his poll numbers
as he fell behind Clinton in most major polls. However, the Trump campaign is determined to keep going and even appointed a
new campaign manager
who will focus on keeping the campaign on message.