Trump on 60 Minutes: 'Don't Be Afraid'

He discussed Clintons, abortion, presidential salary
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2016 1:14 AM CST
Updated Nov 14, 2016 6:11 AM CST

(Newser) – Donald Trump spoke to 60 Minutes for an interview that aired Sunday night and he had a message for protesters and other people worried about what a Trump presidency might bring: "Don't be afraid. We are going to bring our country back. But certainly, don't be afraid." Some other topics addressed in the interview, which was recorded Friday:

  • His meeting with President Obama. "I found him to be terrific," Trump said. "Great sense of humor, as much as you can have a sense of humor talking about tough subjects, but we were talking about some pretty tough subjects." He said he had never met Obama before, but they "had a very good chemistry going," and he "really found the conversation unbelievably interesting."

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  • The border wall. Asked whether he would accept a fence instead of a wall, Trump said: "For certain areas I would, but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate. I'm very good at this, it's called construction."
  • Roe v. Wade. Asked if he would appoint Supreme Court justices that would overturn the abortion rights decision, Trump said he would appoint "pro-life" judges and the abortion issue would go back to the states. If women couldn't get abortions in the states they lived in, "well, they’ll perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state," he said.
  • Racist attacks carried out by Trump supporters. Told that his supporters had been accused of harassing Latinos and Muslims, Trump said: "I am so saddened 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."
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton. Trump spoke warmly of the phone calls he had received from both Clintons and declined to say whether he would make good on his promise to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton. "I don’t want to hurt them," Trump said. "They're good people. I don’t want to hurt them. And I will give you a very, very good and definitive answer the next time we do 60 Minutes together."
  • The presidential salary. Trump insisted he would take no more than a token $1 from the $400,000-plus presidential salary. "No, I'm not gonna take the salary. I’m not taking it," he said.
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