Trump says he re­grets of­fend­ing peo­ple with how he speaks Naked Trump leaves New York in gig­gles

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CHAR­LOTTE — Don­ald Trump made a rare act of con­tri­tion on Thurs­day, say­ing he re­gret­ted of­fend­ing peo­ple with his harsh way of speak­ing.

The Repub­li­can nom­i­nee made the ges­ture at his first rally since or­der­ing a shakeup in his cam­paign to save his strug­gling White House bid.

“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 told a rally in Char­lotte, North Carolina.

“I have done that. And be­lieve it or not, I re­gret it,” he said, draw­ing laughs and ap­plause from the crowd. “I do re­gret it. Par­tic­u­larly where it may have caused per­sonal pain.”

He added: “Too much is at stake for us to be con­sumed with these is­sues, but one thing, I can prom­ise you this: I will al­ways tell you the truth.”

The New York bil­lion­aire’s mul­ti­ple self-in­flicted wounds of late have left him trail­ing in vir­tu­ally ev­ery bat­tle­ground state. One of the big­gest mis­steps was clash­ing re­peat­edly with the par­ents of an Army cap­tain killed in Iraq.

Crit­ics ac­cused him last week of in­cit­ing vi­o­lence against his Demo­cratic op­po­nent Hil­lary Clin­ton in a re­mark about the right to bear arms, and me­dia re­ports have swirled about a cam­paign in cri­sis and a can­di­date ap­par­ently in­ca­pable of reel­ing in crass re­marks.

Clin­ton leads Trump 47 per­cent to 41.2 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to the Real Clear Pol­i­tics polling aver­age, fol­low­ing weeks of er­rors that have alien­ated es­tab­lish­ment Repub­li­cans and seen his own sup­port­ers tear their hair out.

On Wed­nes­day, Trump ap­pointed right-wing news ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Ban­non as cam­paign CEO and pro­moted poll­ster Kellyanne Con­way to cam­paign man­ager.

The change was seen as a de­mo­tion for cam­paign chair­man Paul Manafort, who has been push­ing Trump to, among other NEW YORK — A naked statue of Don­ald Trump, com­plete with bulging belly and elab­o­rate yel­low hair, caused laugh­ter and mer­ri­ment in New York on Thurs­day un­til it was de­mol­ished by park war­dens.

Hands clasped across am­ple belly, the sculp­ture was un­veiled in Union Square, gaz­ing out across a busy street with an en­graved plaque say­ing “The Em­peror Has No Balls,” wit­nesses said.

Four other naked Trump stat­ues ap­peared on Thurs­day in Los An­ge­les, San Fran­cisco, Seat­tle and Ohio, ac­cord­ing to so­cial me­dia posts. In­de­cline, a Cal­i­for­nia-based com­pany, re­leased a video on its web­site show­ing naked stat­ues of the con­tro­ver­sial Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee be­ing made.

But New York’s depart­ment of parks and recre­ation

changes, use a teleprompter when he gives speeches as a way to stay on mes­sage —and not ad-lib him­self into say­ing some­thing of­fen­sive or wrong.

Ban­non’s Bre­it­bart News web­site is vir­u­lently anti-Clin­ton and his ap­point­ment was seen as Trump’s way of thumb­ing his nose at Repub­li­can lead­ers who have been urg­ing him to tone down the shoot-from-the-hip style of speech he used ef­fec­tively in the pri­maries.

On Thurs­day, Trump did speak with a teleprompter and veered from the in­vis­i­ble screens only to ham­mer away at a given point he wanted to make.

On sub­stan­tive is­sues, he reached out to US mi­nori­ties, in was unim­pressed. War­dens ripped the statue from its base be­fore us­ing shov­els to smash its feet and foam base to smithereens, and pry its metal plat­form from the ground. “NYC Parks stands firmly against any un­per­mit­ted erec­tion in city parks, no mat­ter how small,” a spokesper­son told AFP in an email.

Through­out the morn­ing, passers-by stopped to take pho­to­graphs, pose for self­ies and laugh at the de­pic­tion of the New York bil­lion­aire.

“It was funny. Every­body was just over here laugh­ing and tak­ing pic­tures,” said Rahshawn Gil­more (22) who works in a nearby store. “It was amaz­ing.”

Al­though Gil­more said he did not find the statue of­fen­sive, he ad­mit­ted some might be­cause chil­dren were “roam­ing around.”

par­tic­u­lar blacks.

“Nearly four in ten African-Amer­i­can chil­dren are liv­ing in poverty. I will not rest un­til chil­dren of ev­ery colour in this coun­try are fully in­cluded in the Amer­i­can Dream,” Trump said.

“If African-Amer­i­can vot­ers give Don­ald Trump a chance by giv­ing me their vote, the re­sult for them will be amaz­ing,” he said.

And he be­gan his speech with a mes­sage to the peo­ple of Louisiana, a state that has been hit with his­toric flood­ing in re­cent days.

“We are one coun­try, one peo­ple, and we will have to­gether one great fu­ture,” Trump told the crowd. “You could see his per­sonal bits,” he ex­plained. “That was great crafts­man­ship, be­cause they’re hav­ing a hard time tak­ing that apart,” he added, break­ing into gig­gles.

Peri Fisher, 48, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for an elec­tron­ics com­pany, said she was pleased to see a male politi­cian be­ing judged on his ap­pear­ance “for a change,” crit­i­cis­ing the de­ci­sion to de­stroy the statue.

“Per­son­ally, I think Trump is in­sane and not fit to be pres­i­dent, not that (Demo­cratic ri­val) Hil­lary Clin­ton really is ei­ther, but she’s the lesser of two evils,” she said.

“Right or wrong, peo­ple have the right to put it up there,” she added. “He’s a pub­lic fig­ure —pub­lic fig­ures are open to mock­ery. This was a mock­ery. It’s just part of the Amer­i­can way of life.” — AFP

He still stressed his stan­dard cam­paign pil­lars of build­ing a wall along the bor­der with Mex­ico, keep­ing out un­doc­u­mented for­eign­ers and op­pos­ing in­ter­na­tional trade ac­cords.

And he also de­picted him­self as an agent of change com­pared to Clin­ton, whom he dis­missed as an old-fash­ioned Wash­ing­ton in­sider, while promis­ing to strengthen US ethics rules to fight in­flu­ence ped­dling.

Fol­low­ing the speech, Democrats scoffed at the idea of a more tol­er­ant and con­sen­sus-ori­ented Trump.

“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,” said Christina Reynolds, a Clin­ton cam­paign spokes­woman.

But the “new” Trump — dis­ci­plined and se­ri­ous —was al­ready gain­ing trac­tion with fans.

“I loved the tone,” said An­nette Fitch, 55, a cus­tomer ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tive who was at the speech.

But an­other sup­porter, 71-year old high school Prin­ci­pal Hans Peter Plot­s­eneder, said he re­gret­ted the can­di­date had lost “a lit­tle bit of per­sonal touch.”

“I hope he doesn’t get too PC,” he said. — AFP

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