Donald Trump Refuses to Calm Rhetoric After Coast Guard Officer's Terror Plot: 'My Language Is Very Nice'

President Donald Trump on Friday denied that he bore any responsibility to change his language after a Coast Guard officer was arrested and accused of planning a terror plot. The officer allegedly maintained an apparent hit list of media members and Democratic lawmakers and planned on killing people on a mass-scale.

"I think it's a shame," Trump said of the situation to reporters in the Oval Office. "I think it's a very sad thing, when something like that happens, and I've expressed that."

NBC News reporter Hallie Jackson followed up: "Do you think you bear any responsibility for moderating your language when it comes to that?"

"No, I don't," Trump said. "I think my language is very nice."

.@HallieJackson: Do you think you bear any responsibility for moderating your language after news of Coast Guard lieutenant’s alleged plot?

President Trump: “I think it's a very sad thing ... No, I don’t. I think my language is very nice."

— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 22, 2019

In a similar vein, earlier on Friday White House press secretary Sarah Sanders claimed that Trump has only ever spoken out against violence.

"I certainly don't think that the president, at any point, has done anything but condemn violence against journalists or anyone else," Sanders said to members of the media. "In fact, every single time something like this happens, the president is typically one of the first people to condemn the violence, and the media is the first people to blame the president.

"We should all join together and start condemning the violence, whether it's against members of the media, whether it's against Democrats, Republicans, any person in this country. That is unacceptable, and that's why every time it comes up we have been consistent and repeatedly said that we condemn violence in all forms."

Yet Trump has repeatedly encouraged violence at rallies, suggesting, for instance, that people be "roughed up." He even called Republican Representative Greg Gianforte "my kind of guy," praising him for body slamming a reporter.

This week alone, Trump has tweeted that The New York Times is the "true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!" and that, in general, "THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!"

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President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House on February 22. Trump has encouraged violence at rallies, suggesting that people be "roughed up," and he praised Republican Representative Greg Gianforte for body slamming a reporter.  MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images