President-elect Donald Trump appeared on CBS’ “60 Minutes” and made a series of shocking revelations about what he has in store for the country.
Here are the eight most surprising things from the billionaire business mogul’s first televised sit-down interview since winning the presidential election.
He Is “Not Scared” To Be President
First things first, Donald Trump is “not scared” to be president.
“It's enormous. I've done a lot of big things, [but] I've never done anything like this,” he told host Leslie Stahl when she brought up his unusual silence on election night after the results came in. “It is so big, it's so enormous, it's so amazing. ... I realized that this is a whole different life for me now.”
To sum it up, he might not be able to fully comprehend the sheer size or responsibilities that come with the role, and may have no experience or training whatsoever, but is so not nervous about it.
Border Wall Might Just Be a Fence “In Certain Areas”
“Are you really going to build a wall?” Stahl asked. When Trump responded that he would, she tried again: “They’re talking about a fence in the Republican Congress. Would you accept a fence?”
Surprisingly, the president-elect did not outright refuse the idea.
“For certain areas I would,” he explained. “But certain areas, a wall is more appropriate. I’m very good at this, it’s called construction.”
“So part wall, part fence?” Stahl inquired, to which Trump replied, “Yeah, it could be — it could be some fencing.”
He followed that up by revealing his plans to immediately deport and incarcerate up to 3 million immigrants with criminal records.
Will Take $1 Salary As POTUS
During his presidential campaign, Trump made many absurd and shocking promises — like banning Muslims from entering the country and making Mexico pay for a border wall, for instance. His vow to refuse the $400,000 POTUS salary was just one of them.
When Stahl mentioned it during the interview, the former reality TV star’s answer was a little unexpected.
“Well, I've never commented on this, but the answer is no,” he said. “I think I have to by law take $1, so I'll take $1 a year. ... No, I'm not going to take the salary. I'm not taking it.”
However, considering how quickly Trump changes stance on things, the nation would have to wait and see if he follows through on this one.
Supreme Court Justice “Will Be Pro-Life”
When asked if he would appoint a Supreme Court justice who would overturn Roe v. Wade — the 1973 ruling that made abortion legal across the country and invalidated state laws restricting the procedure, the 45th U.S. president not only pledged to appoint pro-life justices, but also predicted Roe v. Wade would be overturned at some point.
He also called himself pro-life.
“But then some women won't be able to get an abortion?” Stahl pressed.
“Yeah, well, they'll perhaps have to go, they'll have to go to another state,” Trump replied, before acknowledging, “It’s got a long way to go.”
Trump Will Be 'Very Restrained' on Twitter
Throughout the entirety of his campaign, Trump continuously used his Twitter account to share some of the most bizarre rants on almost every single topic.
On “60 Minutes," he admitted that social media was instrumental in his victory. He plans to continue using his personal social media platforms as president, but may be a bit more restrictive.
“It's a great form of communication,” he explained. “Now do I say I'll give it up entirely and throw it out? That's a tremendous form [of communication] ... I'm not saying I love it, but it does get the word out. ... I'm going to do very restrained, if I use it at all, I'm going to do very restrained… I'll conduct myself in a very good manner, but depends on what the situation is.”
Of course, hours after taping the interview, Trump took to Twitter to bash The New York Times.
Wow, the @nytimes is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the "Trump phenomena"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2016
Some things just never change, do they?
Trump Tells People Harassing Minorities to 'Stop It'
Trump finally addressed the recent uptick in violent hate crimes against Latinos and Muslims. In fact, he even urged his supporters to stop perpetuating bigotry and harassing minorities — because now that he has won, he does not need to tap into that racist rhetoric anymore, right?
“I would say ‘don’t do it, that’s terrible, because I’m going to bring this country together,'” he told Stahl when she brought up the vile incidents. “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.’”
He Is 'Fine' With SCOTUS Ruling on Gay Marriage
Thanks to Mike Pence’s renowned homophobia, a Trump-Pence administration is a nightmare scenario for many LGBTQ Americans. However, when Stahl asked Trump about same-sex marriage, his response was rather different.
“It’s irrelevant because it was already settled. It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court,” he said bluntly. “I mean, it’s done…. These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled, and I’m fine with that.”
Well, so is Roe v. Wade.
Softens Stance on Prosecuting Clinton
Trump seems to toning down his campaign rhetoric of pursuing criminal charges against his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
“I don’t want to hurt them [Clintons], I don’t want to hurt them. They’re good people,” he told Stahl. He followed up, “I don’t want to hurt them… And I will give you an answer, a very, very good and definitive answer the next time we do ’60 Minutes’ together.”
As for appointing a special prosecutor to Clinton in jail, Trump replied, “I’m going to think about it.”
The big question here is if Trump hopes to undo the damage he has done over the past months? Does he want America to forget about all the disturbing things he has said and done and give him a chance? It appears so. But, should we?