President-elect's views on key American issues

Mr Trump speaking to interviewer Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes, in his first prime-time TV interview since his win. He confirmed he would forgo the US$400,000 salary that comes with the office of president, and take only US$1 a year.
Mr Trump speaking to interviewer Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes, in his first prime-time TV interview since his win. He confirmed he would forgo the US$400,000 salary that comes with the office of president, and take only US$1 a year.PHOTO: CBS NEWS

In his first prime-time television interview since his surprise win in the presidential election last week, Mr Donald Trump was asked about some hot-button issues in the United States. Here is a look at his responses to questions posed to him on CBS programme 60 Minutes.

1 THE SUPREME COURT

He repeated his promise to name a Supreme Court justice who opposes abortion rights and would help to overturn the 1973 Roe v Wade decision that recognised these rights, returning the issue to the states.

Turning to gun control, he said: "In terms of the whole gun situation... they're going to be very pro-Second Amendment." He was referring to the constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to bear arms.

2 IMMIGRATION

He said the wall that he has been promising to build on the nation's southern border might end up being a fence in places. But he said his priority was to deport two million to three million immigrants whom he characterised as dangerous or having criminal records, a change from his original position that he would deport all of the estimated 11 million unauthorised immigrants in the country. President Barack Obama has deported more than two million unauthorised immigrants during his time in office.

3 HATE CRIMES

"Stop it," Mr Trump said, when told there was a spike in reports of harassment and hate crimes after his election. "I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it." Asked if he had anything to say to people behind these incidents, he said: "Don't do it. That's terrible because I'm going to bring this country together."

4 HIS RHETORIC

He said he had been inaccurately portrayed as "a little bit of a wild man" during the campaign, and promised that he would be able to tamp down some of his more heated speech as president.

But he suggested that he would still use such tactics to galvanise his supporters, just as he did during his bid for the White House. "Sometimes, you need a certain rhetoric to get people motivated," he said. "I don't want to be just a little nice monotone character."

5 FORGOING PAY

He confirmed that he would forgo the US$400,000 (S$567,000) salary that comes with the office of president. "I'm not going to take the salary. I'm not taking it," he said. "I think I have to by law take US$1, so I'll take US$1 a year."

6 INVESTIGATING HILLARY CLINTON

He said he has not decided on whether to follow through on his campaign promise to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Mrs Hillary Clinton and her private e-mail server. "I'm going to think about it," he said. "I feel that I want to focus on jobs, I want to focus on healthcare, I want to focus on the border and immigration and doing a really great immigration Bill. We want to have a great immigration Bill. And I want to focus on all of these other things that we've been talking about."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 15, 2016, with the headline 'President-elect's views on key American issues'. Print Edition | Subscribe