There is some news that has recently surfaced which may provide some relief for those of us experiencing the deeper sense of concern, fear, and uncertainty that has come with Donald J. Trump’s newest title of President-elect. In the first extensive interview after his election, Trump’s responses to 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl seemed to suggest that he will not fulfill all of the pledges he made during his campaign, or at least, not to the extent that was first put forward.
When Stahl asked if he was going to ask for a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton over her emails, Trump said “I’ll tell you what I’m going to do, I’m going to think about it.” This tone and attitude was much more meek than it was in the debate, when he had said, standing ten feet from Hillary Clinton, that she would be put in jail.
Concerning the pledges of deportation, Trump said that the undocumented immigrants who have criminal records would be either deported or incarcerated, and that after the border is secured and everything is normalized, Trump’s administration will make a determination regarding the millions of undocumented immigrants who are not criminals. This response could be the first indication that Trump will not be as drastic in his deportation policies as he was during his campaign.
When asked about his business and company and how those matters will be dealt with now that he is going to be President of The United States (POTUS), Trump said something which we can all hope is true. “I don’t care about it anymore. [The presidency] is so important to me.”
The President-elect even had an unexpected change in heart with regards to President Barack Obama. Donald Trump and President Obama have no friendly history. There was bad blood between the two in recent years, but after Trump won the presidency and Obama extended an invitation to the White House, Trump conveyed to 60 Minutes a number of compliments for President Obama, describing him as “terrific,” “very smart,” “very nice,” and as having a “great sense of humor.”
In a 60 Minutes Overtime interview, Lesley Stahl reflected on their conversation. “I do think there’s movement on his positions… he pulled back on Obamacare a little bit, he pulled back on deportations a little bit, he certainly pulled back on special prosecutor on Hillary Clinton.” She noted of Trump’s demeanor that “he was much more subdued, much more serious… I really did have the feeling that the sense of gravity and how big the problems are, it was sinking in, washing over him.” Perhaps the reality of the Presidency, the sheer magnitude of it, is only now beginning to manifest within Donald Trump’s psyche. Perhaps, like much of the American public, Trump did not really think he had a significant shot at Commander-in-Chief and now that this has become an actuality, he is reassessing all of his positions and everything that he said.
Stahl ended her reflection on a note of optimism. “There has always been a question throughout this campaign as to whether the people who support him really did take him literally. There is a lot of speculation that they never did, that they liked his tone, they liked him expressing their anger, and I think a lot people, his supporters and many others, didn’t take him literally on everything he promised.”
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