President-elect Donald J. Trump seems to be leveling his stark campaign policies that made him so loved, and so hated. His attitude is mellowing, and he’s revealing that some of his goals may have been unrealistic.
In less than a week after being elected, Trump has either gone back on select campaign promises or partially retracted his original stances. Many of these policies were key factors that got him through the GOP primaries and ultimately the general election.
“Lock her up”
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump said he won’t pursue appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton. “It’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought, because I want to solve health care, jobs, border control, tax reform,” Trump said.
In an interview with 60 Minutes, Trump said he would even consider calling former President Bill Clinton for advice, adding, “This is a very talented family, certainly I would think about that.”
“Drain the swamp”
In Donald Trump’s “Contract with the American Voter,” Trump said he will “drain the swamp,” reducing corruption in politics and creating a constitutional amendment on Senate terms.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says otherwise: “I would say we have term limits now. They’re called elections. … It will not be on the agenda in the Senate.”
However, there are other aspects of Trump’s plan for his first 100 days in office that could be more realistic, such as keeping politicians from immediately lobbying for special interests and banning foreign lobbyists from raising money for an American election.
“Build a wall and make Mexico pay for it”
Trump says the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is still going to be built, although some of it may be fenced. Trump faces much opposition in the House and Senate on this platform.
Rudy Giuliani said in an interview with CNN that although there is major opposition to this idea, Trump would still be able redistribute funds and sign an executive order to get his way. Giuliani also noted that parts of a wall are already being built along the border under previous action by Congress.
Another one of Trump’s advisers, Newt Gingrich, said, “(Trump) may not spend much time trying to get Mexico to pay for it,” Gingrich said of the wall. “… It was a great campaign device.” Gingrich did add that Trump will spend a lot of time securing border, which is likely what his supporters expect.
— Scott Detrow (@scottdetrow) November 10, 2016
“Immediately repeal Obamacare”
Trump continues to say he will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, although amending the act may be more realistic. In the same interview with 60 Minutes, when asked about keeping the policy of those with pre-existing conditions, of Trump said, “It happens to be one of the strongest aspects… also with their children living with their parents for extended periods.”
Trump continued: “It adds costs, but it’s something we’re going to try and keep,” he said. “It’ll be great health care for much less money.”