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Donald Trump To Americans: Don't Be Afraid

| by David Bonner

President-elect Donald Trump gave his first TV interview since winning Nov. 8 on the Nov. 13 episode of "60 Minutes."

Interviewer Lesley Stahl asked him a wide range of questions, as summarized by the Daily Mail.

On the issue of same-sex marriage, Trump took a liberal position, saying he was “fine” with it because it had already been settled by the Supreme Court. “It's done. These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They've been settled. And I'm fine with that,” he said.

However, he said that he was not fine with abortion being legal, although it too has been settled by the Supreme Court, in the famous Roe v. Wade decision of 1973. He said that he would appoint anti-abortion Supreme Court justices he hoped would overturn the law.

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During the campaign, Trump repeatedly promised to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and the chant “lock her up” was frequently heard from the crowds at his rallies. However, when Stahl asked him about it, he said he didn't want to hurt the Clintons and called them “good people.”

Regarding the war on terror, Trump said he had a plan to defeat ISIS, but would not reveal it because it’s a secret. “I’m not going to say anything,” he said. “I don't want to tell them anything. I don't want to tell anybody anything.”

When asked if he was still going to build a wall on the 1,900-mile border between the U.S. and Mexico, he replied: “Yes.” 

Despite the scope and estimated cost of $25 billion, Trump remained confident that it could be done.  “I'm very good at this, it's called construction,” he said.

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According to the BBC, Trump still believes he can get Mexico to pay for the wall.

He said he would launch his immigration policy by deporting or incarcerating undocumented immigrants with criminal records, without affecting those other immigrants who are "terrific."

Trump said he would keep some parts of Obamacare, and called the provision that protects people with pre-existing conditions “one of the strongest assets” of the law.

When Stahl mentioned accusations that some of his supporters have harassed Latinos and Muslims, Trump responded: “I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.” 

“Don't be afraid. We are going to bring our country back. But certainly, don't be afraid. You know, we just had an election and sort of like you have to be given a little time.”

Sources: Daily Mail, BBC / Photo credit: Pete Linforth/Pixabay

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