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Trump says he’d prefer a ‘softer tone’ as president

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By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch

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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally for Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun at the County War Memorial Coliseum on Monday in Fort Wayne, Ind.

If Donald Trump could do over his first two years as president, he would have sounded “softer,” he told Sinclair Broadcast Group.

‘I would like to have a much softer tone. I feel to a certain extent I have no choice, but maybe I do and maybe I could have been softer from that standpoint.’

President Donald Trump

The president spoke to Sinclair on Monday — the eve of the midterm elections — and on the same day he rallied voters in three states.

During those rallies, the president’s tone was far from soft. He called Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas,” labeled Democratic Ohio gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray “a bad person” and ripped the mainstream news media.

Also see: Trump has dominated every conversation but one — the midterm campaign.

Many analysts expect Republicans to lose the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s midterms, but for the GOP to keep the Senate. In the Sinclair interview, Trump suggested he would be willing to work with Democrats if they take the House.

“I would love to get along, and I think after the election a lot of things can happen,” Trump said.

“But right now they are in their mode, and we are in our mode. And you know if you’re criticized you have to hit back, or you should,” the president said.

U.S. stocks /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +1.85%   continued to edge higher on Tuesday as traders awaited the results of the midterm elections.

Read: Dow up 100 points as crucial midterm elections come into focus.

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Robert Schroeder is the White House reporter for MarketWatch. Follow him on Twitter @mktwrobs.

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