Now that Donald Trump has successfully swindled won the election, the people have many questions.
Aside from his past scandals, controversial comments, and half-baked government policies that seem like they were planned by Wile E. Coyote, the biggest thing on our minds is… can The Donald actually come across as presidential?
On Sunday, we got a taste of a Trump White House when the President-elect had his first extensive post-election interview on 60 Minutes.
Of course, we’ve already heard a bit from the President-elect’s interview on CBS — including an apparent inclination to walk back some of his campaign promises already by not fully repealing and replacing Obamacare!
Disturbingly, The Donald has also shown a willingness to immediately deport as many as three million undocumented immigrants when he takes office in January.
Awful — and scary — and it’s a stance we can already see people backing with glee across America.
There’s more, though; speaking to Lesley Stahl, the 70-year-old sat down with his family, including Melania, Ivanka, Tiffany, Eric, and Donald Jr. at their Fifth Avenue residence in New York City.
Trump dove deep on Obamacare in the interview, saying that he liked some aspects of the health care law and adding:
"Yes [to keeping some provisions of the Affordable Care Act], because it happens to be one of the strongest assets [covering people with pre existing conditions]. Also, with the children living with their parents for an extended period, we’re going to very much try and keep that. It adds cost, but it’s very much something we’re going to try and keep."
Also, The Donald claims that even though he wants to replace Obamacare at least in part, he doesn’t want to leave people without health care in the interim:
"We’re going to do it simultaneously. It’ll be just fine. That’s what I do. I do a good job. You know, I mean, I know how to do this stuff. We’re going to repeal it and replace it. And 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 It will be repealed and replaced. I mean, you’ll know. And it’ll be great health care for much less money."
We’ll see about that…
Trump also discussed Twitter at length during the interview — because, well, why not?! It’s his favorite social network, after all.
He praised the social network as a key to getting him elected, in fact:
"I find it tremendous. It’s a modern form of communication. There should be nothing we should be ashamed of … It’s where it’s at … I do believe this, I really believe that the fact that I have such power in terms of numbers with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, et cetera — I think it helped me win all of these races where they’re spending much more money than I spent … Social media has more power than the money they spent, and I think maybe to a certain extent, I proved that."
But as President, he hinted that he may use the 140-character account very, very differently:
"I’m going to be very restrained, if I use it at all, I’m going to be very restrained … It’s a great form of communication. Now do I say I’ll give it up entirely? I’m not saying I love it, but it does get the word out. When you give me a bad story or when you give me an inaccurate story or when somebody other than you and another — a network, or whatever, ‘cause of course, CBS would never do a thing like that right? I have a method of fighting back."
That’s interesting to see if he actually uses Twitter a little more responsibly, but perhaps also a little… disturbing… for him to call out media organizations like that, too.
Speaking about the hour-and-a-half long meeting The Donald had with him at the White House to discuss the transition, the President-elect said:
"This was going to be just a quick little chat and it lasted close to an hour and a half, and it could have gone for four hours. It was almost hard breaking it up because we had so many things to say. He told me the good things and the bad things. There are things that are tough right now. … I don’t want to divulge, but we talked about the Middle East and that’s tough, it’s a tough situation, and I wanted to get his full view. And I got part of his view, and it’s important to have that, because I’m going to be inheriting that situation in a very short period of time."
And Trump continued, praising the President himself:
"I found him to be terrific. I found him to be very smart, and very nice, great sense of humor, as much as you can have a sense of humor talking about tough subjects. And we were talking about victories also, and some things that he feels really good about. But what I really wanted to focus on was Middle East, North Korea, Obamacare was tough, that’s a tough situation."
Whoa, positive words for Obama?! Imagine that…
Trump went on to discuss Stahl’s immediate surprise that he — after months of a scorched-earth campaign — could be so positive to the President:
"I think I’m a sober person. 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 actually not. I’m a very sober person. But it was respect for the office, it was respect for the president. I had never met him before, but we had a very good chemistry going. I really found, it might not be that I agree with him, but I found the conversation really interesting … It was a very interesting thing because … I said terrible things about him, he said terrible things about me, but we never discussed what we said about each other. We never, ever discussed what we said about each other … I’ll be honest, from my standpoint, zero. Zero. And it’s strange, I’m surprised to tell you that, but it was a little bit strange."
Trump is far from the only person finding all of this strange.
There’s PLENTY more Donald Trump where all this came from, though, and the hour-long interview continued on various topics, including these important ones (below)!!!
On not regretting the nastiness of his campaign against Hillary Clinton:
"Well, it was a double-sided nasty. They were tough, and I was tough, and do I regret … we’re going to do a great job for the country. We’re going to make America great again. That’s what we began with and where we are now … I can’t regret it. I wish it were softer, and I wish it were nicer, and I wish it were more in policy, or whatever you want to say. But I will say that it really is something that I am very proud of, it was a tremendous campaign."
On whether he will act more "presidential" once in office:
"I’ll conduct myself in a very good manner, but it depends on what the situation is. Sometimes you have to be rougher. When I look at the world, and you look at how various places are taking advantage of our country, and I say it and I say it very proudly, it’s going to be America first … We’re losing this country, and that’s why I won the election, and by the way I won it easily. Easily. Sometimes you need a certain rhetoric to get people motivated. I don’t want to be a nice little monotone character."
On whether Roe V. Wade will be repealed by the Supreme Court during his administration, and how he sees the fight for abortion rights:
"Here’s what’s going to happen. I’m pro-life. The judges will be pro-life. They’ll be pro-life, they’ll be in terms of the whole gun situation, we know the whole Second Amendment and everybody is talking about the second amendment and they are trying to dice it up and change it, they are going to be very pro-Second Amendment. Having to do with abortion, if it ever were overturned, it would go back to the states … It’ll go back to the states. [On women then losing the right] Well, perhaps they will have to go to another state. We’ll see what happens. It’s got a long way to go, just so you understand. That has a long, long way to go."
On hateful attacks and racist aggressions being made against people of color and other minorities after his victory on Tuesday:
"I am very surprised to hear [about the attacks]. I hate to hear that. I don’t hear it, I see one or two instances, but I think it’s very small amount. I would [tell those people] don’t do it, it’s terrible, because I am going to bring this country together … I am so saddened to hear that, and I say stop it, if it helps. I will say this, and I’ll say it right to the camera: stop it."
And on whether he will take the presidential salary of roughly $400,000 per year:
"I’ve never commented on this, but the answer is no. I think by law I have to take a dollar, so I will take one dollar a year, but I will not take it. I’m not taking it … [On whether this has hurt the Trump brand] This is big league stuff. This is our country. Our country is going bad … I don’t care about hotel occupancy."
Later in the interview, as we mentioned up top, all of his adult children joined in, as well as his wife, Melania, and they all said… pretty much what they’ve been saying this entire campaign.
The kids will stay in New York and run the business (that means NO cabinet position for Ivanka), Melania REALLY wants to help with cyber bullying awareness (a wonderful cause if her husband weren’t quite literally the worst offender), and everybody is honored and proud of their dad.
Well there you have it — four years of Donald Trump will begin in January, and this is the first deep look at what it all means for the country.
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