News November 13, 2016
Trump's '60 Minutes' Interview: Will He Build the Wall? Deport Immigrants? Go After Gay Marriage?
In his first sit-down interview following his surprise election win November 8, President-elect Donald Trump told "60 Minutes" what he intends to do — and telegraphed what he does not intend to do — when he takes office in January.
Perhaps most importantly, addressing the dozens of reports of minorities being attacked by people alleging to be his supporters, Trump said, "I would say, 'Don't do it.' That's terrible, because I'm going to bring this country together... I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, 'Stop it.' If it — if it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: 'Stop it.'"
Trump referred to becoming president as "enormous. I've done a lot of big things, I've never done anything like this." He denied he has any fear of his responsibilities.
Trump also laid out his plans, some of which contradict what he said he would do while running for the office.
Sticking to his guns, he said he will only appoint anti-abortion, pro-Second Amendment justices to the Supreme Court, and he also refused to rule out appointing a special prosecutor to continue going after Hillary Clinton. He did, however, allow that his real focus will be on jobs, healthcare, immigration, and strengthening the U.S. border with Mexico.
Yes, he intends to build that wall.
Though he has talked tough about overturning the decision that made gay marriage legal while he was courting the Evangelical vote, he told "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl that the issue is "done. It's done. You have these cases that have gone to the Supreme Court. They've been settled. And I'm fine with that."
He also noted he will only take $1 a year as his presidential salary and plans to be "very restrained" on Twitter, which he notes is "a great form of communication."
During the interview, Trump was joined by his wife Melania, who admitted that she questioned his outspokenness on Twitter. She commented, "I did. You know, of course, I did, many times, from the beginning of the campaign. Sometimes he listens, sometimes he doesn't."
She went on, "Well, sometimes he, it got him in trouble. But it helped a lot as well. He had unbelievable following."