In the 3 weeks following Donald J. Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, conservative leaders have insisted they will hold Trump to many of the promises he made during his campaign. However, in interviews following the election, Trump has revised several key promises he made during his campaign, including his plans to repeal Obamacare, build a wall between the United States and Mexico, and launch an investigation on democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
On November 7, just one day before the election, Trump spoke at a rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, stating, “Real change begins immediately with the repealing and replacing of the disaster known as Obamacare.” However, less than a week later, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on November 11, Trump stated that after speaking with President Barack Obama at the White House “Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced.”
This statement does somewhat reflect previous ideas Trump has expressed. The president elect has stated that he agrees with a section of the Affordable Healthcare Act that ensures those with pre-existing conditions are covered by insurance companies. However, on the campaign trail, Trump’s healthcare rhetoric often revolved around repealing Obamacare, something that Republicans have consistently strived for.
Trump has also now backed down on the extensiveness of one of his more controversial plans, building a wall on the border of the United States and Mexico. In an interview with CBS, Trump admitted that part of the wall – one that he once said would be an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall” – would likely be a fence.
Throughout the campaign, one recurring theme among anti-Clinton voters was the idea of sending Clinton to jail over her a scandal regarding a private email server that was used for government. On Tuesday, November 22, Trump told the New York Times that he likely will not pursue an investigation on Hillary Clinton. “It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about,” Trump said. The president-elect also stated that he while he won’t completely dismiss the possibility of an investigation, he doesn’t want to “hurt the Clintons.”
As Trump continues to clarify what the direction of his presidency will take, the president-elect has received both positive and negative feedback. Right-wing news site Breitbart ran a story titled “BROKEN PROMISE” after Trump stated he would probably not launch an investigation on Hillary Clinton. However, Trump’s most recent announcements have advanced his position in the polls. According to the Bloomberg poll, Trump is up 17 points on December 7. Compared to 37% favorability in August of 2016, this jump coincides with the newly announced decisions Trump has made.