President-elect Donald Trump sat down with Lesley Stahl for “60 Minutes” on Sunday night, and viewers may have been surprised by what they heard: He actually complimented Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama.
But that’s not all. The Republican who consistently trashed immigrants during his campaign — filled with rhetoric that many Americans believe has encouraged racist, sexist and xenophobic behavior across the country — took a moment to tell his supporters to “stop” harassing people.
Here are 8 of Trump’s answers that might have shocked some of his biggest critics.
Trump had nothing but compliments for Hillary Clinton.
“So Hillary called and it was a lovely call and it was a tough call for her, I mean, I can imagine. Tougher for her than it would have been for me. And for me, it would have been very, very difficult,” Trump said. “She couldn’t have been nicer. She just said, ‘Congratulations, Donald, well done.’ And I said, ‘I want to thank you very much, you were a great competitor.’ She is very strong and very smart.”
The man who has been questioning President Obama’s citizenship since 2008 now thinks he is “terrific.”
“I found him to be terrific. I found him to be– very smart and very nice. Great sense of humor, as much as you can have a sense of humor talking about tough subjects, but we were talking about some pretty tough subjects,” Trump said.
The man who campaigned to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C., needs career politicians in his administration – for now.
“I’m saying that they know the system right now, but we’re going to phase that out. You have to phase it out,” Trump said
Trump tells his supporters to stop harassing minorities.
“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,” Trump said.
Trump will be “very restrained” on Twitter going forward.
“I’m going to do very restrained, if I use it at all, I’m going to do very restrained. I find it tremendous. It’s a modern form of communication. There should be nothing you should be ashamed of,” Trump said.
Trump doesn’t actually want to “hurt” the Clintons, despite telling his supporters otherwise throughout the course of his campaign.
“I don’t want to hurt them, I don’t want to hurt them. They’re, they’re good people. I don’t want to hurt them. And I will give you a very, very good and definitive answer the next time we do ’60 Minutes’ together,” Trump said.
Trump is “fine” with same-sex marriage.
“It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done,” Trump said. “I’m fine with that.”
The candidate who campaigned on repealing Obamacare actually wants to keep a few key components of the healthcare plan, including coverage for pre-existing conditions.
“It happens to be one of the strongest assets,” Trump said. “Also, with the children living with their parents for an extended period… it’s very much something we’re going to try and keep.”