Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE said shortly before launching his White House campaign that he doesn't like the term "American exceptionalism," calling it an insult to the rest of the world.
"I never liked the term," Trump said during an event hosted by a Houston conservative group in April 2015 in video published by Mother Jones.
"Perhaps that's because I don't have a very big ego and I don't need terms like that," the businessman quipped to laughs.
Trump mocked declarations from politicians including President Obama about "American exceptionalism" and said some countries could make a case that they're doing better than the United States.
"I want to take everything back from the world that we've given them," Trump said. "I don't want to say we're exceptional.
"We're dying! We owe $18 trillion in debt. I'd like to make us exceptional, and I'd like to talk later instead of now. Does that make any sense? Because I think you're insulting the world," Trump said.
In remarks weeks before declaring his Republican presidential bid under the slogan "Make America Great Again," Trump said Americans wouldn't want people from other countries making the same claim to national exceptionalism.
And after jobs are added in the U.S., Trump said, "Let's not rub it in."