President-elect Donald Trump said in a wide-ranging interview with “60 Minutes” that his role of appointing a Supreme Court justice is “very important” — and that he plans to appoint pro-life justices.
“I’m pro-life,” he said. “The judges will be pro-life.”
Asked specifically whether he wants the Supreme Court to repeal the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion nationwide, Trump replied that if the decision were overturned the issue of abortion would be decided by each state.
“If it ever were overturned, it would go back to the states,” he said.
But does that mean some women would be unable to receive abortions, assuming their home states ban them? Asked to clarify, Trump replied: “Yeah, well, they’ll perhaps have to go, they’ll have to go to another state.”
When Stahl followed up on the question, asking whether it’s okay that some women might have to travel to other states to receive abortions, Trump said there’s a “long way to go” before discussing that.
“Well, we’ll see what happens,” he said. “It’s got a long way to go, just so you understand. That has a long, long way to go.”
The issue of Supreme Court appointments will be one of the first decisions facing Trump: since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last February, there has been one vacant seat on the nation’s highest court. President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill Scalia’s seat, but congressional Republicans refused to give Garland a hearing or vote on his nomination.
Trump has said throughout his campaign that he is pro life — and at one point this year suggested there should be “some form of punishment” for women who undergo abortions. His campaign later clarified that he meant if abortion were outlawed, that doctors who perform abortions should be punished.
And during the third presidential debate, he suggested that third-trimester abortions were currently legal and that Clinton supported allowing them — both things which are not true.
“You can take the baby and rip the baby out of womb, in the ninth month, on the final day,” he said. “And that’s acceptable.”
Trump added that his Supreme Court nominees would also be “very pro-Second Amendment.”
As for same-sex marriage, Trump said after the Supreme Court ruling last year it’s the law of the land — and that he is “fine” with that being the case.
“It’s irrelevant because it was already settled. It’s law,” he said. “It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done … these cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m fine with that.”
“We’re going to build a wall and we’re going to create a border. It’s going to be a great wall and it’s not going to be very expensive,” Trump told Scott Pelley in September 2015. When Pelley asked how he would build and pay for it, Trump answered “It will be a real wall. It’ll be a wall that works.”
And on the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., Trump told Pelley he planned to “round them up” in a “humane way.”
“And they’re going to be happy because they want to be legalized. And, by the way, I know it doesn’t sound nice. But not everything is nice,” Trump said.
Trump still promises to build the wall, and to make Mexico pay for it.
According to Associated Press, Donald Trump told CBS’s “60 Minutes” he’s willing to deport or incarcerate 2 million to 3 million people in the country illegally who “are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers.”
He also said he would accept a fence in some places along the U.S. southern border where he had promised to build a wall.
Such a promise to deport millions was directly at odds with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that mass deportation is not a focus of Republicans right now. Ryan said “I think we should put people’s minds at ease” on mass deportation because the top priority is really border security.
The network released portions of Trump’s interview in advance of its broadcast Sunday night.
Trump campaigned on a vow to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it. He also has insisted he will deport all 11 million people in the country illegally, with exceptions.
The Muslim Ban
Donald Trump’s call to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the United States shocked people from across the political spectrum — including his eventual vice president pick, Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Pence had tweeted “Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional.”
But when the two spoke with Lesley Stahl in July, they were in agreement on the ban.
“We have no higher priority than the safety and security of the people of this country, and Donald Trump is right to articulate that view,” Pence said.
Trump doubled down on his ban. “Call it whatever you want, change territories, but there are territories and terror states and terror nations that we’re not gonna allow the people to come into our country. And we’re gonna have a thing called ‘extreme vetting.’”
When it comes to defeating ISIS, Trump offered up a hands-off strategy in Syria. “If you look at Syria. Russia wants to get rid of ISIS. We want to get rid of ISIS. Maybe let Russia do it. Let ‘em get rid of ISIS. What the hell do we care?” he told Pelley.
And in Iraq, Trump told both Pelley and Stahl he would put troops on the ground to fight ISIS. He went as far as to suggest he might declare war.
“Now look, we are going to get rid of ISIS, big league. And we’re going to get rid of ‘em fast. And we’re going to use surrounding states. We’re going to use NATO, probably. And we’re going to declare war. It is war,” he said in July.
Trump has also said that he won’t reveal too much of his plan, because he doesn’t want to give away his strategy to the enemy.
It’s no secret that as Donald Trump’s campaign went on,his attitude toward the media grew more and more hostile. Even back in September 2015, that relationship was already soiled. When Pelley questioned whether Trump’s quick tendency to pick a fight means he has thin skin, Trump fought back.
“You know, some of the media is among the worst people I’ve ever met. I mean a pretty good percentage is really a terrible group of people. They write lies, they write false stories. They know they’re false. It makes no difference. And frankly I don’t call it thin-skinned, I’m angry.”
Trump ran on an “anti-establishment” platform, painting himself as an outsider. But in July, he told Stahl he used to consider himself part of it.
“I am a person that used to be establishment, when I’d give them hundreds of thousands of dollars. But when I decided to run, I became very anti-establishment because I understand the system better than anyone.”
His pick of Mike Pence for Vice President, he said, was partially to encourage unity with those Republicans worried about his candidacy by picking someone who is “very establishment.”