Immediately following Trump’s victory last Tuesday night, pundits and analysts took no time conjecturing as to what the President Elect’s administration would look like, particularly given the fact that his party controls both chambers of congress and is positioned to appoint three Supreme Court justices. Questions about his transition team and whom Trump would select to fill his Cabinet were dominant in the media over the weekend, especially after it was announced that Reince Priebus would be the Chief of Staff. In addition to debates over what the Cabinet would look like, there have been a multitude of questions over whether Trump’s policies that he espoused throughout the campaign will actually come to fruition once he takes office. Given an interview with 60 Minutes last night, it appears that many of his most popular policies will not make their way into real policy.
Trump maintained that the justices he would appoint to the Supreme Court would maintain pro-life stances, overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that recognized abortion rights. While this is consistent with his stance throughout the election season, Trump’s response regarding immigration rights appeared to deviate. He claimed that the famous wall he had proposed may actually end up being but a fence. He then clarified that he would only attempt to deport between two and three million immigrants classified as dangerous with criminal records, which is a severe departure from his promise to deport 11 million immigrants living in the United States without proper documentation. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had spoken out against Trump throughout the race for the White House, corroborated Trump’s statement, claiming that there would absolutely not be a deportation force, something Trump had initially promised on the campaign trail. On the issue of same-sex marriage, Trump stated that the Court’s decision to legalize it was “law” and that he would not attempt to fight against that decision.
As for the inner workings of the Trump administration, Trump maintained that he would press FBI Director James Comey on his handling of Hillary Clinton’s private email server before deciding to dismiss him. It should also be noted that Trump has selected Stephen Bannon to be the leading advisor within his administration, which has offended many, given the Breitbart executive’s anti-immigration and racist positions.
With the attention being given to Trump’s moderating many of his initial policy proposals, he has also addressed the reputation that he was given in the media throughout the course of the campaign, claiming that he is not the wild, erratic figure major outlets had depicted him to be. He did admit, however, that his rhetoric and ferocity was necessary to win the White House. “Sometimes you need a certain rhetoric to get people motivated,” he explained. “I don’t want to be just a little nice monotone character.”
What do you think about Trump coming to the middle on many of his most crucial policy stances? Will this be the trend throughout his presidency?