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9 Takeaways From Donald Trump’s ‘60 Minutes’ Interview

9 Takeaways From Donald Trump’s ‘60 Minutes’ Interview:

In his first interview since being elected, Donald Trump showed himself to be far more subdued than the man on the campaign trail. He also worked to pacify half of the country, which is still protesting his win. Lesley Stahl undoubtedly gave Trump one of his toughest interviews yet, probing him on the Supreme Court, healthcare, Roe v. Wade, marriage equality, Hillary Clinton and pehaps most interestingly, Trump’s understanding of his new job requirements. Notably, Trump offered a few unexpected departures from his previous rhetoric while still holding ground on his campaign platform. Below are nine of the most telling of Trump’s quotes—but we have no issue saying this interview is required viewing for all Americans.


ON HILLARY CLINTON
“Hillary called and it was a lovely call and it was a tough call for her, I mean, I can imagine. Tougher for her than it would have been for me. And for me, it would have been very, very difficult. She couldn’t have been nicer. She just said, ‘Congratulations, Donald, well done.’ And I said, 'I want to thank you very much. You were a great competitor.’ She is very strong and very smart. It was a tough campaign, she said tough things, I said tough things to her. [But] no, I don’t have any [regrets].

ON THE RHETORIC OF THE ELECTION
“Sometimes you need a certain kind rhetoric to get people motivated. I don’t want to be just a little nice monotone character and in many cases I will be.”

ON THE WALL
Lesley Stahl asked if Trump would compromise for a fence. His response: “A fence for certain areas, but for other areas, a wall is more appropriate.”

ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
“We are going to 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 the country or we are going to incarcerate. From there we will see about the rest [of the 11 million illegals]. There are some good people there. ”

ON THE VIOLENCE OF HIS FOLLOWERS TOWARDS MINORITIES
“I am very surprised to hear that—I hate to hear that, I mean I hate 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.”

ON WHETHER HE WOULD FIRE FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY
“I’d rather not comment on that yet.”

ON LGBTQ MARRIAGE REFORM
“It’s irrelevant. It’s already settled. It’s done. You have these court cases coming up, but it really is settled. It’s done.”

ON HEALTHCARE
Asked about keeping protection for pre-existing conditions: "That’s one of the strongest assets, children living with their parents as well. We will simultaneously repeal and replace. Great healthcare for much less money.”

ON THE SUPREME COURT AND ROE V. WADE
“Here’s whats going to happen: I’m pro-life. The justice will be pro-life, pro-Second Amendment. If it were ever overturned, it would go back to the states. They might have to go to another state.”

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