President Donald Trump on Sunday said he was sorry for saying, “We have to” when talking about the fight against the Islamic State, but did not apologize for using the word “we.”
During an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Trump was asked whether he would apologize if he used the phrase “we have a lot of people that are doing a hell of a job” when discussing the war against the extremist group.
“We have a war, Bill,” Trump said.
“We are losing the war, believe me.
We are losing.”
O’Reilly noted that Trump has said that ISIS is “a cancer,” but Trump responded, “I think we’re winning.”
The president was responding to O’Brien’s question about the phrase, which Trump said he used when he said “we are losing” in an interview last month.
“I think, Bill, that we’re going to be winning the war,” Trump told O’Donnell.
“I really do.”
“And you’re saying that you’re going home, and you’re not even apologizing?”
“No, I’m not,” Trump replied.
“If I was, I would be apologizing.”
The phrase has been a common theme for Trump during his presidency.
In an interview earlier this month with NBC News, Trump said the phrase is “very, very accurate” when describing the fight with the extremist organization.
“They’re killing us,” Trump claimed.
“And I say, ‘We have too many people that have too much of a passion for the cause, and they’re killing themselves.’
And then I say ‘We must have the right attitude to the cause.'”
In a tweet last month, Trump also called the fight ISIS a “cancer,” while also accusing President Barack Obama of not waging a war against ISIS.
“If you want to know who is winning the battle, it is the terrorists and the killers and the criminals who hate us the most, and it is only we who can save this country,” Trump wrote.