Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said the Republican nominee decided on his own to state that he regretted some statements he has made during the campaign.
"He was talking to anyone who feels offended by anything he said. He took extra time yesterday going over that speech with a pen, so that was a decision he made," Conway said, during a "Good Morning America" interview.
Conway said Trump made his own decision to express his regrets. "It was not me, that's all Donald Trump," she said.
Trump made the comments during a rally in North Carolina, in which he said, "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, and believe it or not, I regret it. I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain."
Conway was asked if Trump would apologize for the comments he made to the Gold Star family of deceased war hero Capt. Humayun Khan. "He may. But I certainly hope they heard him. I hope America heard him."
Trump's spokeswoman said she hoped his critics noticed his statement. "I hope that everybody who has criticized him at some point, for being insensitive or for mocking someone, at least shows some recognition and some forgiveness."
Conway said that she considered his statement a reference to comments calling on Trump to be more "presidential." She said, "That is presidential."
She said it was also "presidential" for Trump and running mate Mike Pence to visit Louisiana areas that were hit by floods.
She criticized Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, saying that Clinton always attacked Trump instead of discussing issues. "She's going to insult Donald Trump and we'll talk directly to the voters," Conway said.
Conway was asked if Trump's statement of regret might help the nominee' standing with women voters. "We're going to fight for everybody's vote," she responded.
When asked about suggestions by Trump supporters that Clinton is unwell, Conway instead commented on Trump's energy.
"Trump is more energetic than most of us on the campaign trail," Conway said, "It's hard to remember he's 70."
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