Trump: 'I always' stay on message
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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE tweeted late Sunday and early Monday that he plans to "remain true to self" despite the urging of Republicans that the GOP presidential nominee change his general-election strategy.

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Trump also claimed that he has "always" stayed "on message," accusing media of misrepresenting his comments and also swiping at former GOP rivals.

Trump regularly gains attention for unscripted remarks at rallies and in interview and for doubling down on factually challenged claims, such as last week's claim that President Obama "founded [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria]."
 
Trump also sparked a political firestorm last week by suggesting "Second Amendment people" could stop Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Some Democrats worry rising crime will cost them The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats await Manchin decision on voting rights bill Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda MORE, his Democratic presidential rival, from appointing liberal judges if she were elected president. 
 
His campaign later had to tamp down allegations that his remarks were inciting physical action against his opponent. The controversy came a day after his carefully scripted speech on the economy, accompanied by an email to supporters arguing it was "time to focus on the issues."
 
Trump has taken to blaming the press for his lagging poll numbers in recent weeks. Over the weekend, he said he was running against media, not Clinton.