Protests spread as Trump soft­ens rhetoric

Mogul doesn’t rule out ‘amended’ Oba­macare: WSJ

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Thou­sands of Amer­i­cans spilled into the streets yes­ter­day for a new day of protests against Don­ald Trump, even as the pres­i­dent-elect ap­peared to back away from the fiery rhetoric that pro­pelled him to the White House. The Repub­li­can bil­lion­aire - hud­dled with his tran­si­tion team at his Man­hat­tan res­i­dence - has sought to strike a con­cil­ia­tory tone since his elec­tion sent a shock­wave around the world, an­nounc­ing Fri­day he no longer in­tended to scrap Barack Obama’s sig­na­ture health­care law, Oba­macare.

“This will prove to be a great time in the lives of ALL Amer­i­cans. We will unite and we will win, win, win!” he tweeted yes­ter­day, as up to 15,000 peo­ple pre­pared to march on Trump Tower un­der the ral­ly­ing

cry of “Trump is NOT my pres­i­dent”. In down­town Chicago, sev­eral thousand marched peace­fully to chants of “No hate. No fear. Im­mi­grants are wel­come here.” Four days af­ter his shock elec­tion, the world is scru­ti­niz­ing the mav­er­ick’s ev­ery move for clues to how he will gov­ern.

Pres­i­dent-elect Trump’s U-turn on Oba­macare which the can­di­date Trump had branded a “dis­as­ter” was prompted by his White House meet­ing with the out­go­ing pres­i­dent a day ear­lier. In his first post-elec­tion in­ter­view, Trump told The Wall Street Jour­nal he may main­tain a ban on in­sur­ance com­pa­nies deny­ing cov­er­age be­cause of so-called pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions. He also said he may con­tinue to en­sure that chil­dren can re­main on their par­ents’ poli­cies un­til the age of 26, a key Oba­macare tenet. “I like those very much,” the 70-year-old real es­tate mogul and political novice said of both points.

It marked one of sev­eral moves by Trump and his ad­vis­ers away from his more sweep­ing cam­paign po­si­tions. Asked by the Wall Street Jour­nal whether he would, as threat­ened, name a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor to in­ves­ti­gate his op­po­nent Hil­lary Clin­ton over her use of a pri­vate email server as sec­re­tary of state, Trump de­flected. “It’s not some­thing I’ve given a lot of thought, be­cause I want to solve

health­care, jobs, bor­der con­trol, tax re­form,” he said - a far cry from his stump rhetoric lead­ing crowds in chants of “Lock her up!”

Top Trump sur­ro­gate Newt Gin­grich also cast doubt on whether Trump would make Mex­ico fund his pro­posed bor­der wall - an­other ral­ly­ing cry for his sup­port­ers. “He’ll spend a lot of time con­trol­ling the bor­der. He may not spend very much time try­ing to get Mex­ico to pay for it, but it was a great cam­paign de­vice,” Gin­grich was re­ported as say­ing by The Washington Post.

De­spite his more mea­sured tone, the Repub­li­can has yet to re­spond to mount­ing calls to re­as­sure the US pub­lic who fear a xeno­pho­bic crack­down un­der his au­thor­ity. The South Poverty Law Cen­ter, which mon­i­tors hate groups, tracked more than 200 in­ci­dents of elec­tion-re­lated ha­rass­ment and in­tim­i­da­tion in the three days fol­low­ing the elec­tion. More than 47,000 peo­ple have signed an SPLC pe­ti­tion urg­ing Trump to clearly dis­tance him­self from “haters” - from white na­tion­al­ists to anti-Mus­lim and anti-gay ex­trem­ists who are cel­e­brat­ing his vic­tory. — AFP

BER­LIN: A demon­stra­tor protest­ing against US Pres­i­dent-Elect Don­ald Trump dis­plays a heart-shaped plac­ard dur­ing a demon­stra­tion yes­ter­day.


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