President-elect said he would stick to his anti-immigration and border wall policies in interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes programme which is due to air later today
DONALD Trump admitted he is prepared to make women travel hundreds of miles for an abortion in a shock first interview.
The President-elect was speaking from his opulent New York apartment for the first time since sweeping to the White House last week.
And he told worried Americans: “Don’t be afraid.”
In a wide-ranging interview the 70-year-old businessman said:
- His plans for abortion law could see the practice banned in some states.
- He will “immediately deport” up to three million illegal immigrants.
- Gay marriage laws are “fine” with him.
- Barack Obama had “a great sense of humour” in the pair’s meeting last week.
But it was his pro-life comments to host Lesley Stahl that provided most shock on CBS’ 60 Minutes Show.
Trump vowed to appoint pro-life Supreme Court judges – a move that could see a key piece of US law overturned.
Roe v Wade means all US states have to allow abortion.
If the 1973 law was dismissed, it would see states re-take the right to make their own abortion law.
Following the revelation, a shocked Stahl asked Trump: “But then some women won’t be able to get an abortion?”
Trump replied: “Yeah, well, they’ll perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state.”
He later appeared to backtrack by adding there is “a long way to go”.
Trump also used the interview to insist he will “immediately” deport up to three million illegal immigrants.
During his successful bid for the White House he had called Mexicans “rapists” and “criminals”.
The President-elect said he would kick out those who had criminal records and insisted he would build a wall on the US’ southern border.
He added: “What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where 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 despite his startling words, Trump urged Americans to have faith in him following his surprise election triumph.
He said: “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.
“I mean, people are protesting. If Hillary had won and if my people went out and protested, everybody would say, ‘Oh, that’s a terrible thing.’
“And it would have been a much different attitude. There is a different attitude. You know, there is a double standard here.”
The 70-year-old later pledged to leave same-sex marriage law alone.
He added: “It’s done. It – you have – these cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m – I’m fine with that.”
Trump met with outgoing President Barack Obama on Thursday after a bitter build-up to the election in which the two men traded personal insults.
But he insisted the 90-minute meeting between the two was productive and praised Obama’s “great sense of humour”.
The former Apprentice host even admitted he is considering keeping some part of the President’s landmark healthcare programme.
He said: “I mean it was – just – in fact, it was almost hard breaking it up because we had so many things to say.
“And he told me – the good things and the bad things, there are things that are tough right now.
“We never discussed what was said about each other.
“And that’s strange. I’m actually surprised to tell you that. It’s – you know, a little bit strange.”
Source: The Sun