By NY1 News
NEW YORK – In his first extensive interview since becoming President-elect, Donald Trump appeared to back away from his hard-line campaign promise of a wall along the Mexican border and deportations.
Trump’s interview with Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes” aired Sunday night but was conducted on Friday.
The Republican said he plans to deport or incarcerate 2.3 million people who have criminal records and are living in the U.S. illegally.
“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate. But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally. After the border is secure and after everything gets normalized, we’re going to make a determination on the people that they’re talking about who are terrific people, they’re terrific people but we are going make a determination at that — But before we make that determination — Lesley, it’s very important, we are going to secure our border,” Trump said.
When pressed about a solid border wall, Trump said he still plans to build it but appeared to be open to fencing as well.
“For certain areas I would, but certain areas a wall is more appropriate. I’m very good at this. This is called construction but a fence would be, yeah part wall, part fence,” Trump said.
SOURCE: NY1 Online