Donald Trump appeared for his first televised interview since becoming president-elect Trump, urging his supporters to stop beleaguering minorities.
“I am so saddened to hear that,” when he was told that Latinos and Muslims had been facing harassment,” Speaking on 60 Minutes, he said.”And I say, ‘Stop it’. If it – if it helps, I will say this, and I will say
“I am so saddened to hear that,” Trump told CBS’ Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes” when she said Latinos and Muslims are facing harassment. “And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it — if it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: ‘Stop it.'”
In recent days, there have been a number of race-related crimes across the US, particularly in schools.
Trump added that he will “get the people that are criminals and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers. We are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate.”
While Trump returned to using Twitter soon after the election, he did not address the incidents until answering questions during a 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl, recorded on Nov. 11 and broadcast on Nov. 13.
In the wide-ranging interview Trump also said he’s still deciding whether to ask FBI Director James Comey for his resignation.
Trump demurred when asked about his plans for Comey — whose decision to end the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server was widely panned by Republicans.
“I think that I would rather not comment on that yet,” Trump said. “I haven’t made up my mind. I respect him a lot. I respect the FBI a lot. … There’s been a lot of leaking, there’s no question about that. But I would certainly like to talk to him.”
Same-sex marriage and abortion
Trump said he was “fine” with same-sex marriage remaining legal across the country.
“It’s irrelevant because it was already settled. It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done,” Trump said.
However, he was not in support of women seeking abortions.
“Perhaps have to go — they’ll have to go to another state,” Trump said.
“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,” he said.
Deporting undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes
Trump did not repeat his campaign promise to deport all undocumented immigrants, pledging to focus first on deporting illegal immigrants who have committed crimes in the United States.
What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers,” he said.
“We have a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate.”
He said he still plans to build a US-Mexico border wall.
“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.