Amer­i­cans have noth­ing to fear, as­sures Trump

The Myanmar Times - - World -

PRES­I­DENT-elect Don­ald Trump vowed to move ag­gres­sively on a con­ser­va­tive agenda in fill­ing Supreme Court va­can­cies, crack­ing down on im­mi­gra­tion and cut­ting taxes, but also sought to re­as­sure wor­ried Amer­i­cans they have noth­ing to fear from his pres­i­dency.

Set­ting aside the stri­dent tone of his cam­paign, the 70-year-old Mr Trump as­sumed a gen­tler man­ner in his first tele­vi­sion in­ter­view since his shock elec­tion, say­ing he was “sad­dened” by re­ports of ha­rass­ment of Mus­lims and His­pan­ics, and telling the per­pe­tra­tors: “Stop It.”

The in­ter­view with CBS’s “60 Min­utes,” of­fered Mr Trump an op­por­tu­nity to rein­tro­duce him­self after an ugly, name-call­ing cam­paign and sur­prise vic­tory that sparked protests in cities across the United States.

“I just don’t think they know me,” the bil­lion­aire real es­tate mogul said of the thou­sands of protesters who have massed in streets be­low his Trump Tower head­quar­ters with signs that read “Not our pres­i­dent.”

On the is­sues, Mr Trump made it clear he in­tends to ag­gres­sively push a right-wing agenda, pledg­ing to name jus­tices to the Supreme Court who are anti-abor­tion and pro-gun.

“The judges will be pro-life,” Trump told CBS. “In terms of the whole gun sit­u­a­tion,” he added, “they’re go­ing to be very pro-Sec­ond Amend­ment.”

He will have an im­me­di­ate op­por­tu­nity to fill a va­cancy on the court left by the death of arch con­ser­va­tive jus­tice An­tonin Scalia. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s at­tempt to fill the seat was blocked by the Repub­li­can-con­trolled Se­nate.

On im­mi­gra­tion, Mr Trump reaf­firmed his sig­na­ture cam­paign pledge to build a wall on the bor­der with Mex­ico, although he con­ceded parts of it may be just a fence.

And he said as many as three mil­lion un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants with crim­i­nal records would be de­ported or in­car­cer­ated.

He left the door open, how­ever, on the fate of the mil­lions of other hard­work­ing im­mi­grants who are in the coun­try il­le­gally.

Im­mi­gra­tion, he said, was one of three top leg­isla­tive pri­or­i­ties he has dis­cussed with House Speaker Paul Ryan, the oth­ers be­ing ac­tion to undo Mr Obama’s sig­na­ture health care re­form and a bill to cut taxes and sim­plify the tax code.

He how­ever sig­nalled that he would not seek to over­turn the le­gal­i­sa­tion of same-sex mar­riage in the United States.

He also con­firmed he would forego the US$400,000 salary that comes with the of­fice of US pres­i­dent.

“I’m not go­ing to take the salary. I’m not tak­ing it,” he said. “I think I have to by law take $1, so I’ll take $1 a year,” he added.

In the “60 Min­utes” in­ter­view, Mr Trump made no prom­ises to tone down his own rhetoric as pres­i­dent.

“I don’t want to be just a lit­tle nice mono­tone char­ac­ter,” he said. – US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump made the first top ap­point­ments of his new ad­min­is­tra­tion, nam­ing Reince Priebus his White House chief and Steve Ban­non as his chief strate­gist and se­nior coun­selor.

“I am thrilled to have my very suc­cess­ful team con­tinue with me in lead­ing our coun­try,” Mr Trump said in a state­ment.

“Steve and Reince are highly qual­i­fied lead­ers who worked well to­gether on our cam­paign and led us to a his­toric vic­tory. Now I will have them both with me in the White House as we work to make Amer­ica great again.”

Mr Priebus, the head of the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee, is a AUS­TRALIAN Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull sought to al­lay con­cerns yes­ter­day that a deal to send refugees from re­mote Pa­cific camps to the US could be scup­pered by Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump.

Can­berra had an­nounced a “one­off ” ar­range­ment that would see an un­spec­i­fied num­ber of the 1600 boat­peo­ple held in off­shore cen­tres on Nauru and in Pa­pua New Guinea set­tled in the US.

But with the po­lit­i­cal novice, who cam­paigned to ban Mus­lim mi­gra­tion, due to take of­fice on Jan­uary 20, the head of a prom­i­nent US anti-im­mi­gra­tion think-tank warned: “This is the kind of thing the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion will nix on Day 1.

“I don’t ex­pect any Repub­li­cans will de­fend it. I can’t see Democrats de­fend­ing it ei­ther,” Mark Kriko­rian, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Cen­tre for Im­mi­gra­tion Stud­ies said. sea­soned po­lit­i­cal op­er­a­tive who can build bridges to a skit­tish Repub­li­can lead­er­ship, par­tic­u­larly House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Mr Ban­non is a rab­ble-rous­ing so­cial me­dia en­tre­pre­neur who led Mr Trump’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

“We had a very suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship on the cam­paign, one that led to vic­tory. We will have that same part­ner­ship in work­ing to help Pres­i­dent-elect Trump achieve his agenda,” Mr Ban­non said.

Mr Priebus set the pri­or­i­ties as be­ing “to cre­ate an econ­omy that works for ev­ery­one, se­cure our bor­ders, re­peal and re­place Oba­macare and de­stroy rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ism. –

Can­berra sends asy­lum-seek­ers who try to reach Aus­tralia by boat to de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties on Pa­pua New Guinea’s Manus Is­land and Nauru. They are blocked from re­set­tling in Aus­tralia even if found to be refugees.

The ar­range­ment came after Mr Turn­bull said he was ready to take more refugees from Cen­tral Amer­ica in re­turn.

Of­fi­cials from the US Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity will head to Nauru to de­ter­mine who will be el­i­gi­ble for the US move.

While Mr Turn­bull spoke to Mr Trump by phone soon after the shock elec­tion win last week, he said he did not bring up the is­sue.

Asked if he was con­fi­dent a pres­i­dent who wants to put up a wall be­tween Mex­ico and the US to keep peo­ple out would hon­our the com­mit­ment, Mr Turn­bull was non­com­mit­tal. –

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