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Trump flip-flops 6 times in 1-hour NYT interview Michael Walsh 2 hours 32 minutes ago
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In a lengthy Tuesday interview with the New York Times, Donald Trump repeatedly cast aside some of his provocative past statements.

The president-elect’s phenomenal rise to the White House was characterized in part by his boisterous personality and flair for the theatrical. His off-the-cuff responses to journalist’s questions and impulsive attacks against rivals endeared him to conservative voters who wanted a candidate to “tell it like it is.”

But it could be difficult to make governing compromises with the same level of mud-slinging coming from the Oval Office. Trump struck a far more mellow tone during his interview with the Times. Based on early tweets about the session, by Times journalists Maggie Haberman and Mike Grynbaum, Trump backed off of several extreme policy proposals and harsh insults against political opponents. He even backed off his attacks against the Times earlier in the day.

Here are a few instances of times that Trump drastically changed his tune.

Electoral College

During the 2012 presidential election, Trump called the Electoral College “a disaster for a democracy” and said it had made “a laughingstock out of our nation.”

But after he defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College while losing the popular vote, Trump tweeted that the Electoral College is “actually genius”because it “brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play.”

President-elect Donald Trump walks past a crowd as he leaves the New York Times building on Tuesday. (Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP)

With the Times, he returned to his previous preference. He told the paper that he would “rather do the popular vote,” and that he was “never a fan of the Electoral College.”

President Obama

In May, President Obama delivered a thinly veiled critique of Trump by saying that “in politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue.” Trump quoted the line and declared that it was the reason that Obama was “the worst president in U.S. history!”

But he told the Times that he had a great meeting with Obama, whom he had never met before, after the election and that he “liked him a lot.”

Investigating Hillary Clinton

During the second presidential debate, Trump told Clinton that she’d “be in jail” if he were in charge of U.S. law enforcement. He also told Clinton that he’d appoint a special prosecutor to go after her. During his rallies, he proclaimed Clinton “guilty as hell.”

Trump told the Times, however, that he thinks prosecuting the Clintons would be “very, very divisive for the country.”

When pressed as to whether he absolutely ruled out prosecuting Clinton, he replied, “It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about.”

“I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t,” Trump said. “She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways.”

Clinton Foundation

On Aug. 22, Trump released a statement arguing that the Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit corporation established by former President Bill Clinton in 1997, should be shut down.

He told the Times that there’s an argument that the Clinton Foundation has done “good work.” He said he’s inclined to use whatever power he will have as president to say let’s go forward.

“Hillary Clinton is the defender of the corrupt and rigged status quo. The Clintons have spent decades as insiders lining their own pockets and taking care of donors instead of the American people. It is now clear that the Clinton Foundation is the most corrupt enterprise in political history. What they were doing during Crooked Hillary’s time as Secretary of State was wrong then, and it is wrong now. It must be shut down immediately.”

“This has been looked at for so long, ad nauseam,” he said.

Donald Trump waves as he departs the lobby of the New York Times building. (Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Climate Change

Trump has dismissed climate change as an expensive, money-making hoax and vowed to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, in which nearly 200 countries agreed to reduce carbon emissions in an effort to keep the increase in average global temperature to below 2°C.

But he told the Times that he doesn’t dismiss the possibility of man-made climate change, for which there’s an overwhelming scientific consensus.

“I think there is some connectivity. Some, something. It depends on how much,” he said of human activity and climate change.

When asked if he’d pull out of the climate change accords, Trump said, “I’m looking at it very closely. I have an open mind to it.”

The New York Times

Another institution that’s been at the receiving end of Trump’s vitriol is the Times itself. He has bashed it as “a seriously failing paper” that’s “becoming irrelevant” with readership “way down.” He also gloated over “how badly” he perceived the Times to be doing.

“The failing @nytimes has gone nuts that Crooked Hillary is doing so badly. They are willing to say anything, has become a laughingstock rag!” he tweeted. Trump further railed against the “failing” Times earlier Tuesday morning when he temporarily canceledthe meeting.

But as he wrapped up his interview, Trump called the Times “a great, great American jewel — world jewel.”

 

 

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The following are 11 federal laws that Hillary Clinton and her associates have been accused of violating, whether at The State Department or in connection with The Clinton Foundation:

 

U.S. Code § 798 Disclosure of classified information

U.S. Code § 1031 Major fraud against the United States

 

U.S. Code § 371 Conspiracy to commit a federal offense

U.S. Code § 1924 Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material

U.S. Code § 2071(B) Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally

U.S. Code § 1346 Definition of scheme or artifice to defraud

U.S. Code § 641 Public money, property or records

U.S. Code § 1343 Fraud by wire, radio or television

U.S. Code § 1505 Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees

U.S. Code § 1519 Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in federal investigations

18 U.S. Code § 793 Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information

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Trump flip-flops 6 times in 1-hour NYT interview Michael Walsh 2 hours 32 minutes ago

 

 

 

 

 

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In a lengthy Tuesday interview with the New York Times, Donald Trump repeatedly cast aside some of his provocative past statements.

The president-elects phenomenal rise to the White House was characterized in part by his boisterous personality and flair for the theatrical. His off-the-cuff responses to journalists questions and impulsive attacks against rivals endeared him to conservative voters who wanted a candidate to tell it like it is.

But it could be difficult to make governing compromises with the same level of mud-slinging coming from the Oval Office. Trump struck a far more mellow tone during his interview with the Times. Based on early tweets about the session, by Times journalists Maggie Haberman and Mike Grynbaum, Trump backed off of several extreme policy proposals and harsh insults against political opponents. He even backed off his attacks against the Times earlier in the day.

Here are a few instances of times that Trump drastically changed his tune.

Electoral College

During the 2012 presidential election, Trump called the Electoral College a disaster for a democracy and said it had made a laughingstock out of our nation.

But after he defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College while losing the popular vote, Trump tweeted that the Electoral College is actually geniusbecause it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play.President-elect Donald Trump walks past a crowd as he leaves the New York Times building on Tuesday. (Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP)

With the Times, he returned to his previous preference. He told the paper that he would rather do the popular vote, and that he was never a fan of the Electoral College.

 

President Obama

In May, President Obama delivered a thinly veiled critique of Trump by saying that in politics and in life, ignorance is not a virtue. Trump quoted the line and declared that it was the reason that Obama was the worst president in U.S. history!

But he told the Times that he had a great meeting with Obama, whom he had never met before, after the election and that he liked him a lot.

Investigating Hillary Clinton

During the second presidential debate, Trump told Clinton that shed be in jail if he were in charge of U.S. law enforcement. He also told Clinton that hed appoint a special prosecutor to go after her. During his rallies, he proclaimed Clinton guilty as hell.

Trump told the Times, however, that he thinks prosecuting the Clintons would be very, very divisive for the country.

When pressed as to whether he absolutely ruled out prosecuting Clinton, he replied, Its just not something that I feel very strongly about.

I dont want to hurt the Clintons, I really dont, Trump said. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways.

Clinton Foundation

On Aug. 22, Trump released a statement arguing that the Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit corporation established by former President Bill Clinton in 1997, should be shut down.

He told the Times that theres an argument that the Clinton Foundation has done good work. He said hes inclined to use whatever power he will have as president to say lets go forward.

Hillary Clinton is the defender of the corrupt and rigged status quo. The Clintons have spent decades as insiders lining their own pockets and taking care of donors instead of the American people. It is now clear that the Clinton Foundation is the most corrupt enterprise in political history. What they were doing during Crooked Hillarys time as Secretary of State was wrong then, and it is wrong now. It must be shut down immediately.

This has been looked at for so long, ad nauseam, he said.Donald Trump waves as he departs the lobby of the New York Times building. (Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Climate Change

Trump has dismissed climate change as an expensive, money-making hoax and vowed to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, in which nearly 200 countries agreed to reduce carbon emissions in an effort to keep the increase in average global temperature to below 2°C.

But he told the Times that he doesnt dismiss the possibility of man-made climate change, for which theres an overwhelming scientific consensus.

I think there is some connectivity. Some, something. It depends on how much, he said of human activity and climate change.

When asked if hed pull out of the climate change accords, Trump said, Im looking at it very closely. I have an open mind to it.

The New York Times

Another institution thats been at the receiving end of Trumps vitriol is the Times itself. He has bashed it as a seriously failing paper thats becoming irrelevant with readership way down. He also gloated over how badly he perceived the Times to be doing.

The failing @nytimes has gone nuts that Crooked Hillary is doing so badly. They are willing to say anything, has become a laughingstock rag! he tweeted. Trump further railed against the failing Times earlier Tuesday morning when he temporarily canceledthe meeting.

But as he wrapped up his interview, Trump called the Times a great, great American jewel world jewel.

 

You guys never learn

 

 

The alt left news or Fake news that reported the demise of the Republican party..... Until about 7pm on election day continues to think the sheep will buy their bullshit.

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"have been accused of violating"

 

 

and they haven't found jack-shit....From the party of Watergate, Arming Iraq, Arming Iran, Lying to Congress and Arming the Contras, Allowing 9-11 by doing nothing despite all the LOUD WARNINGS, Creating the Taliban, Creating Al-Qaeda, Lying America and its Allies into Iraq and Creating ISIS, Haliburton, 13 Benghazis, Kenny Boy/Enron Trickle Down, Tax Cuts for the Top 1%, Recessions, Depressions, Foxaganda, Hate Radio, Southern Strategy, Racism.

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