PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — President-elect Donald Trump sat down with 60 Minutes for his first post-election interview that aired Sunday night on KOIN 6.
CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl began by congratulating Trump about his victory. She asked if it was the enormity of the situation that left him silent on election night.
“I think so, it’s so enormous,” Trump said. “I’ve done a lot of big things, I’ve never done anything like this… I realized that this is a whole different life for me now.”
Trump said he spoke with both Hillary and Bill Clinton after the election. He said Hillary congratulated him and thanked him for being a great competitor.
“It was a lovely call and it was a tough call for her, I mean, I can imagine,” Trump said. “She is very strong and very smart.”
In his meeting with President Barack Obama the day after the election, Trump said he wanted to focus on the Middle East, North Korea and Obamacare.
“Oh, I bet he asked you not to undo it,” Stahl said.
“Well, he didn’t ask me, no,” Trump replied. “He told me, you know, the merits and the difficulties. And we understand that… healthcare is a tough situation.”
Trump said there wasn’t any awkwardness with the president, despite previous jabs at each other that have been highlighted by the media.
“I’ll conduct myself – in a very good manner, but depends on what the situation is, sometimes you have to be rougher.” – President-elect Donald Trump
Stahl spoke with Trump about a variety of key points from his campaign including his plans to deport immigrants and build a wall along the Mexican border.
“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records… probably 2 million, it could even be 3 million, we are getting them out of the country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump said in a clip from 60 Minutes.
The president-elect said he does plan to build a wall along the Mexican border, although he may choose to have some fenced sections where appropriate.
In his meeting with Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders, Trump said they all agreed on 3 things they would work to get done right away.
“It was healthcare, there was immigration and there was a major tax bill lowering taxes in this country,” he said. “I have both Houses and we have the presidency, so we can do things… It’s been a long time since it’s happened.”
Trump told Stahl he would not accept the presidential salary of $400,000 a year.
“I think I have to by law take $1, so I’ll take $1 a year,” he said.
Future First Lady Melania Trump and other members of the Trump family also sat down with Stahl to discuss how the presidential race has affected their lives.
“It is hard to put into words the experience or the emotion when your father becomes president of the United States of America,” Ivanka Trump said. “We’re very grateful for the opportunity. And we take that opportunity very seriously.”
Eric Trump said he will be staying in New York to run his father’s company as he serves as president. Ivanka said she’s passionate about issues like wage inequality and childcare, but that she will not address them in a formal administrative capacity.
“I think it’s impossible to go through this journey and not change for the better. [You meet] millions of Americans, and they speak to you with a candor about their struggles, their challenges. They share with you their most intimate stories. So you connect with people in a different way. And you grow.” – Ivanka Trump
Stahl asked Trump what he had to say to the communities, namely the LGBTQ community, that have expressed fear in the days following the election.
“I think the fears… are totally unfounded,” he said.
“Well, I guess the issue for [the LGBTQ community] is marriage equality,” Stahl continued. “Do you support marriage equality?”
“It’s irrelevant because it’s already settled. It’s law,” Trump said. “It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done… and I’m fine with that.”
“It’s unfair what’s happened to the people of our country and we’re going to change it. As simple as that.” – President-elect Donald Trump