This was the first interview after he defeated Democratic party rival Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's presidential vote, in a result which shocked many who had expected her to win following favourable opinion polls.
President-elect Donald Trump has spoken elaborately on an array issues concerning the United States. This was the first interview after he defeated Democratic party rival Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential vote, in a result which shocked many who had expected her to win following favourable opinion polls. Financial Express has gone through the hour-long interview and what stands out is the fact that Trump has not toned down the rhetoric even an iota as is clear from his diatribe against Muslims and others. Here are the top 10 key points to note:
1. US President-elect Donald Trump has said he would take USD 1 as his salary a year and not the USD 400,000 that comes with the US president’s job and will refrain from going on any vacation.
“No, I’m not gonna take the salary. I’m not taking it,” confirming a promise he made in a campaign video in September. “I think I have to by law take USD 1, so I’ll take USD 1 a year. But I don’t even know what it is,”
“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. “I want to get it done. We’re lowering taxes, we’re taking care of health care. I mean, there’s just so much to be done. So I don’t think we’ll be very big on vacations, no,” he said.
2. About his promise that he would appoint justices who were against abortion rights.
“So look, here’s what’s going to happen– I’m going to– I’m pro-life. The judges will be pro-life.”
3. Reacting on reports of racial slurs and personal threats against African Americans, Latinos, Muslims and gays by some of his supporters, Trump said
“I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, “cause I’m gonna bring this country together. I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, Stop it. If it– if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.”
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4. On his negative image in the media and campaign may have hurt the Trump brand
“Who cares? Who cares?” This is big league stuff. This is– this is our country. Our country is going bad. We’re going to save our country. I don’t care about hotel occupancy. It’s peanuts compared to what we’re doing. Health care, making people better. It’s unfair what’s happened to the people of our country and we’re going to change it. As simple as that.
“I think the press tries to make you into something a little bit different. In my case, a little bit of a wild man. I’m not. I’m actually not. I’m a very sober person.”
5. On FBI director James Comey and alleged leaks?
I think that I would rather not comment on that yet. I don’t– I haven’t made up my mind. I respect him a lot. I respect the FBI a lot. I think”. “Well, there’s been a lotta leaking, there’s no question about that. But I would certainly like to talk to him. And see him. This is a tough time for him. And I would like to talk to him before I’d answer a question like that.” “I’m not sure. I’d wanna see, you know, he may have had very good reasons for doing what he did”.
6. On the possible release of his tax returns?
At the appropriate time, I will release them. But right now I’m under routine audit. Nobody cares. The only one who cares is, you know, you and a few people that asked that question. Obviously, the public didn’t care because I won the election very easily. So they don’t care. I never thought they did care.
7. On his campaign that the system is rigged and tweet that the Electoral College is a disaster for democracy.
I hated– well, you know, I’m not going to change my mind just because I won. But I would rather see it where you went with simple votes. You know, you get 100 million votes and somebody else gets 90 million votes and you win. There’s a reason for doing this because it brings all the states into play. Electoral College and there’s something very good about that. But this is a different system. But I respect it. I do respect the system.
8. On the ISIS menace
Well, I’ll be honest with you, I probably do because look at the job they’ve done. OK, look at the job they’ve done. They haven’t done the job. Now, maybe it’s leadership, maybe it’s something else. Who knows? All I can tell you is we’re going to get rid of ISIS.
9. On repealing and replacing Obamacare.
we’re going to do it simultaneously. It’ll be just fine. We’re not going to have, like, a two-day period and we’re not going to have a two-year period where there’s nothing. It will be repealed and replaced. And we’ll know. And it’ll be great health care for much less money. So it’ll be better health care, much better, for less money. Not a bad combination.
10. About the pledge to deport millions and millions of undocumented immigrants
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. But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally. 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, they’re terrific people but we are gonna make a determination at that.