President Donald Trump says he’s surprised by the “meanness” that surrounds him.
But in a rare moment of self-awareness, the man who has attacked and belittled rivals ― often bestowing insulting nicknames such as “Lyin’ Ted” Cruz and “Cryin’ Chuck” Schumer ― admits the contentious nature of his White House could be his fault.
In an interview with Time magazine, Trump was asked if his White House is too combative. He said:
“I think it is. It could be my fault. I don’t want to necessarily blame but there’s a great meanness out there that I’m surprised at. I mean I’m surprised.”
Trump also justified his tactics.
“(T)he only way you survive is to be combative,” he said. “I’ll read stories in the New York Times that are so one sided. Hey, I know when I’m successful. I know victory, okay.”