US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has apologized for his past controversial comments that “may have caused personal pain” as he attempts to refocus his message in the face of falling opinion poll numbers.
Trump said on Thursday that he realized that his remarks, which have angered minorities and alienated large swaths of American voters, may have been ill-advised.
“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. I have done that,” Trump said at a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“And believe it or not, I regret it, and I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain,” he added.
Trump did not cite any examples of such comments. His campaign has been marked by controversy from the beginning, including disparaging remarks about women, Mexican immigrants and Muslims.
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