New York, November 14 (NIA): The US President-elect, Donald Trump, has reaffirmed his pledge to build a wall on the border with Mexico, although he conceded parts of it may be just a fence.
In an interview to CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday Trump said: “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.”
“After the border is secured and after everything gets normalized, we’re going to make a determination on the people that you’re talking about who are terrific people,” he said referring to the legal, qualified immigrants.
Immigration, he said, was one of three top legislative priorities he has discussed with House Speaker Paul Ryan, the others being action to undo Obama’s signature health care reform and a bill to cut taxes and simplify the tax code.
Setting aside the strident tone of his campaign, the 70-year-old Trump assumed a gentler manner in his first television interview since his shock election, saying he was “saddened” by reports of harassment of Muslims and Hispanics, and telling the perpetrators: “Stop It.”
About the widespread protests upon his elections he said that people have misunderstood him.
“I just don’t think they know me,” he said. And told that many Americans are scared of his Presidency, Trump said: “Don’t be afraid. We are going to bring our country back.”
Trump had previously indicated he would keep some aspects of Obamacare, including a ban on insurance companies denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Among the conciliatory notes he struck are that he will not overturn the legalization of same-sex marriage.
On the issues, however, Trump made it clear he intends to aggressively push a right-wing agenda, pledging to name justices to the Supreme Court who are anti-abortion and pro-gun rights.
“The judges will be pro-life. In terms of the whole gun situation, they’re going to be very pro-Second Amendment.”