The world got its first post-election look at President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday night when “60 Minutes” aired an extensive interview that was filmed Friday in Trump’s New York home.
And the results were somewhat surprising — or were they?
Before the interview even began, Lesley Stahl introduced the video by talking about some of Trump’s more outrageous claims on the campaign trail and suggested that some weren’t meant to be taken literally. They were merely opening stabs at negotiation.
The question. then, is which of his campaign promises does Trump plan to stand by?
An enormous amount of the 2016 election cycle focused on Clinton’s email server, leading Trump to promise during the second debate that he’d appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the issue if elected president.
He took a softer approach when Stahl asked him about it.
“I’m going to think about it,” Trump responded. “I want to focus on jobs. I want to focus on healthcare.”
Stahl inquired about the “lock her up” chants at his rallies, which prompted perhaps the most surprising response of all.
“I don’t want to hurt them,” he said, referring to the Clintons. “They’re good people.”
Trump then promised Stahl he’d give her a definitive answer during their next “60 Minutes” interview.
Will Trump appoint Supreme Court justices determined to overturn Roe v. Wade?
Vice President-elect Mike Pence has made no secret of his preference for “Roe v. Wade to be consigned to the ash heap of history,” leaving many questioning whether Trump’s Supreme Court nominations will reflect that position.
“I’m pro-life,” Trump told Stahl. “The judges will be pro-life.”
When pressed, Trump said, “They’re going to be very pro-2nd Amendment,” before adding that if the abortion ruling were ever overturned, it would simply return to being a matter for the states.
Stahl pointed out that such a reversal would send women driving from state to state seeking legal abortions, to which Trump shrugged and said, “Perhaps they’ll have to go to another state.”
In an interview in January with Chris Wallace, Trump stated that he would consider appointing Supreme Court justices who would overturn the ruling on same-sex marriage, because he felt the court overstepped its bounds and it was a state issue.
Despite using similar language as he did with Roe v. Wade and states’ rights, Trump acquiesced on the matter. “It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean, it’s done,” Trump said. “I’m fine with that.”
Will Trump follow through with mass deportations?
When he launched his campaign in June 2015, Trump claimed that immigrants in the country illegally were harming the country, that Mexico was sending rapists who increased crime and brought drugs.
The president-elect has every intention of deporting immigrants here illegally. He told Stahl that the plan was to immediately deport 2 million or 3 million immigrants here illegally with criminal records. (It is unclear whether there are 2 million to 3 million immigrants in the United States illegally with criminal records.)
As for the “terrific people” who are here illegally, Trump said that determinations for them would be made once the border was secure.
Will Trump really build a wall?
One of the foundations of Trump’s entire campaign was his promise to build a wall along the nation’s southern border and make Mexico pay for it.
Trump still intends to do that, though admits that some places will have fences, making it a fence/wall hybrid.
“I’m very good at this,” Trump said. “It’s called construction.”