Donald Trump claimed that he has a “great temperament” for a president to have in an interview with Erin Burnett on CNN Monday.
Appearing on “Outfront,” Trump said that while some of his comments may be a “little childish” he only makes those remarks because of the campaign. (RELATED: Trump Defends Trump: ‘I Think It’s Presidential To Fight Back’)
Trump insisted that he remarks are in response to comments from other candidates and that he is a “counter-puncher.”
Trump gave the examples of when “Walker was very nice to me. All of a sudden he hit me and I hit him back. All of these guys, Rubio was very nice to me, couldn’t have been nicer, all of a sudden a week ago he started hitting me, I hit him back.”
Erin Burnett asked Trump if he would ever call Vladimir Putin a “loser” if elected president and Trump responded, “I actually would say the opposite. I guarantee, I think I would get along very well with him.”
Trump also suggested, “I think my temperament is great. You know, I’ve built a great company and it’s because of my temperament. Jeb Bush and Hillary almost in the same day they say, ‘We don’t like his tone.'”
Trump insisted that his tone is necessary because there are people in the world who are “chopping off heads… drowning people. We have people in the world who are looking to kill us. We need a strong tone. We don’t need that soft, soft group of people. We need something tough. I think I have a great temperament.”