As America goes through the throes of a transition, Trump lays out aggressive plans that will define the future

NEW YORK, U.S. - In his first television interview since his shock victory last week, Donald Trump vowed to build a wall across America's southern border, deport criminal illegal aliens, and ...


• Trump softens stance towards Hillary Clinton

• Trump says he will forgo salary as president

• Trump out-campaigned Clinton by 50 percent in final stretch

NEW YORK, U.S. - In his first television interview since his shock victory last week, Donald Trump vowed to build a wall across America's southern border, deport criminal illegal aliens, and repeal and replace ObamaCare.

He, however, appeared to back off from committing to build a solid wall, telling CBS' "60 Minutes" the barrier might look more like a fence in spots. 

"Certain areas, a wall is more appropriate," Trump told interviewer Lesley Stahl. "I'm very good at this, it's called construction."

The president-elect also said, "What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate."

"But we're getting them out of our country, they're here illegally," the 70-year-old business tycoon-turned politician said during the interview.

Trump said he would take a call on the fate of the rest of the illegal immigrants, after the border is secured.

"After the border is secure and after everything gets normalised, we're going to make a determination on the people that they're talking about who are terrific people, they're terrific people but we are gonna make a determination at that," Trump said.

Same-sex marriage settled, abortion isn't

On "60 Minutes," Trump said the issue of marriage equality in the U.S. is settled under Supreme Court law and he’s “fine with that,” yet pledged to support overturning the 1973 high court decision that a woman has a right to choose to have an abortion.

Republican leaders in Congress have criticised the June 2015 Supreme Court ruling, and Trump’s statement puts him at odds with members of the party he now leads. 

He, however, stands firmly with party members when it comes to Second Amendment gun rights and abortion. 

'Stop it': Trump on hate crimes

Asked about the recent reports of hate crimes and harassment following his election win, Trump's response was "Stop it."

"60 Minutes" anchor Stahl asked Trump if he had anything he wanted to say to the people behind these incidents.

"Don't do it," the president-elect said. "That's terrible because I'm going to bring this country together."

Trump softens stance towards Hillary

Donald Trump hinted that he would tone down his actions against election rival Hillary Clinton. 

When asked during the "60 Minutes" interview if he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton and her private email server, he said, "Um, I feel that I want to focus on jobs, I want to focus on healthcare, I want to focus on the border and immigration and doing a really great immigration bill. We want to have a great immigration bill. And I want to focus on—all of these other things that we've been talking about."

He added, "I don't want to hurt them, I don't want to hurt them. They're, they're good people. I don't want to hurt them. And I will give you a very, very good definitive answer the next time we do 60 Minutes together."

"Won't take a salary while president"

Trump told Leslie Stahl on Sunday night that he would forgo taking a salary while he’s president. 

He added that he did not even know how much the president earned.

“I think I have to by law take $1, so I’ll take $1 a year,” Trump said. “But it’s a ― I don’t even know what it is. Do you know what the salary is?”

“$400,000 you’re giving up,” Stahl answered.

“No, I’m not gonna take the salary. I’m not taking it.”

He also said he didn't expect to have any time for vacations.

"We have so much work. There's so much work to be done. And I want to get it done for the people," he said.

Trump out-campaigned Clinton

In the final stretch, Trump spent roughly 50 percent more time in six key battleground states that propelled him to an unexpected victory on November 8.

Trump made a total of 133 visits to Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan and Wisconsin during the last 100 days, Over the same time period, Hillary Clinton visited the first five of those states a total of 87 times. She never traveled to Wisconsin during the 102 days between the convention and the election, which could be among the reasons for her poor show in these key states.

 

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