In his first post-election interview with 60 Minutes, President-elect Donald Trump gave some insight into what his plans for the great wall of Mexico might entail, and his most ardent supporters may be a tad bit disappointed.
In his interview with Lesley Stahl, Trump immediately confirmed he would indeed build a wall. When Stahl asked Trump if he would consider accepting fencing, he actually agreed saying:
‘For certain areas, I would [consider fencing], but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate.’
This is a far cry from the campaign promises where he bragged about how tall the wall would be. However, as much as the Republicans in Washington would like to keep the Mexicans out of the country, they aren’t willing to come off the government wallet. Fencing would be a less costly option to an actual wall although it surely would be less secure.
Throughout the entirety of his campaign, Trump pushed the need for a great wall to be erected along the Mexican border. In fact, when he announced his candidacy he specifically said:
‘I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.’
At a New Hampshire town hall appearance, Trump even said this about his wall;
‘I want it to be so beautiful because maybe someday they’re going to call it the Trump wall.’
However, he assured Stahl (and the rest of the country), that he was “good at this” sort of thing because it’s “called construction.”
Right, because chain link fencing with a sign that says “Trump Wall” is just a marvelous sight to behold. It will be so beautiful, people will start using it as a model for fencing around their homes.
This is just another in many campaign promises that President-elect Trump seems to be “softening” on. Along with the wall, he’s softened on one of the most pivotal issues of his campaign — Obamacare. In the same interview, he told Stahl that he did not want to completely repeal the Affordable Care Act. Rather, he’d prefer to tweak it and keep certain provisions that actually make sense to all.
You can watch the clip of Trump’s interview with Stahl below.
Featured image via Getty Images/Zach Gibson.