The Donald ducks from prime poll promises

During hour-long interview with NYT, US President-elect hints at a U-turn on several of his key poll promises, including climate change and jailing Hillary

Washington: Two weeks after his surprise election victory, US President-elect Donald Trump has indicated a U-turn on several of his key poll promises and rhetoric, including his hardline on climate change, torture of detainees and his vow to jail Hillary Clinton.

During an interview with reporters and editors of The New York Times, Trump threw enough hints that he would be an unconventional president in terms of distancing himself from his business, receiving inputs from family members in his governance and relationship with the press.

He held out assurances that he did not intend to embrace extremist positions in some areas, the daily said after the interview with Trump, who “vigorously denounced” a white nationalist conference last weekend in Washington.

Trump made a U-turn from his campaign promise on appointing a special prosecutor to investigate into the alleged email scandal of his presidential rival Hillary Clinton.

Trump takes a turn

On pursuing probe against Hillary: ‘I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t… she went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways’

On climate change: ‘I’m looking at it very closely… I have a very open mind. And I’m going to study a lot of the things that happened on it and we’re going to look at it very carefully.

On conflict of interest: They’ll say I have a conflict because we just opened a beautiful hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, so every time somebody stays at that hotel, if they stay because I’m president, I guess you could say it’s a conflict of interest... The brand is certainly a hotter brand than it was before. I can’t help that, but I don’t care.

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