Trump's Plans as President Come Into Focus
In the week since Republican Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States, glimpses of what his incoming administration will look like have begun to emerge in media reports.
60 Minutes aired Sunday the first televised interview with President-elect Trump, who counted deporting 3 million undocumented immigrants among his first orders of business upon moving into the White House. On Monday, President Barack Obama said that in his first transition meeting with Trump last week, there were signs that the president-elect appears to have softened on some of the hard-line positions he took on the campaign trial--including the proposed repealing of Obamacare.
"What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, we have 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," Trump told 60 Minutes' Lesley Stahl.
Trump had campaigned on the promise to deport all of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US.
Despite campaigning on a promise to repeal Obamacare, he also said that he favored keeping two key provisions of the Affordable Care Act--barring insurers from not covering people based on pre-existing conditions and allowing children to stay on their parents' plans until they're 25.
The flip flopping did not surprise political observers, who found Trump frequently changed positions both on the campaign trail and in the years before announcing his candidacy. But on one third rail of American politics, Trump remained steadfast.
"I’m pro-life," he said when asked what his plans were for U.S. Supreme Court nominees. "The judges will be pro-life."
He said that if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the high court, women seeking abortions will "perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state."