Donald Trump will be paid just $1-a-year to be President of the United States, he has revealed.
The billionaire businessman will not take the $400,000 salary when he takes office in January.
Instead, he will take a nominal $1 as required by law.
In his first interview since his shock election win, Trump sat down with CBS News’ Lesley Stahl at his Manhattan home to film 60 Minutes.
During the interview, Trump was grilled on a wide range of issues, many of which he had been outspoken on during his controversial campaign.
Trump has already been heavily criticised for a number of embarrassing u-turns and softening of his previously tough election pledges.
He vowed that he would still build the wall, but accepted that there “could be some fencing” in certain areas.
He added that a wall would be “more appropriate” in other locations along the border.
Trump also revealed he planned to “immediately” deport three million illegal immigrants with criminal records as soon as he entered the White House in January.
But he did not elaborate on his plans for the remaining nine or 10 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be in the country.
Instead, he emphasised the need to “secure our border” before making any further “determinations”.
“After the border is secure and after everything gets normalised, we’re going to make a determination on the people that they’re talking about who are terrific people, they’re terrific people but we are gonna make a determination at that,” he said.
“But before we make that determination, it’s very important we are going to secure our border.”
Addressing his competitor Hillary Clinton , Trump characterised her concession phone call as “lovely” despite branding his rival a “nasty woman” and a “puppet” during the final presidential debate.
“She is very strong and very smart,” he said.
But Trump wouldn’t rule out appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton over the use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
“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,” he said.
In part, because Trump won the Electoral College but not the popular vote, his election has inspired large protests across the country.
But perhaps of more concern are reports of increasing numbers of alleged hate crimes: violent rhetoric directed at ethnic minorities, swastikas spray-painted on cars, hijabs grabbed from Muslim women’s heads, and worse.
“I am very surprised to hear that,” Trump said when the reports were brought up. “I think it’s a very small amount.”
When pressed by Stahl over whether he had anything to say to the perpetrators of these alleged acts, Trump finally responded with: “Stop it.
On Thursday, Trump met with President Obama , for a meeting that lasted 90 minutes. “We talked about the Middle East, that’s tough,” Trump told Stahl.
“It’s a tough situation. I wanted to get his full view and I got his, you know I got a good part of his view,” Trump said of his discussion with the man he once claimed was “the founder of ISIS” in a campaign speech.
Stahl also interviewed Trump’s wife Melania and his older children Ivanka, Tiffany, Eric, and Donald, Jr.
Melania Trump said Michelle Obama was a “gracious” host and there was no awkwardness, despite the nasty tone of the campaign.
In the final stages of his campaign, Trump had granted the bulk of his interviews to journalists with whom he enjoyed a friendly rapport, such as Fox News’ Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly.
Earlier in the race he had conducted frequent interviews, more than many other candidates, with multiple media outlets, including CBS.
Stahl spoke with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence in July for “60 Minutes,” their first interview together after the former named the latter as his running mate.
By sitting down with Stahl for “60 Minutes,” Trump granted his first post-election interview to the broadest possible television-news platform.
The long-running newsmagazine is television’s most watched news show, and receives a sizeable lead-in during the fall from NFL football.
Stahl is currently in her 26th season with “60 Minutes,” having joined the show as a correspondent in 1991.
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