Is Donald Trump already walking away from campaign promises?

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Washington (CNN) — President-elect Donald Trump signaled Friday he was open to keeping parts of Obamacare intact despite repeatedly vowing on the campaign trail to “repeal and replace” the program.

His remarks — including his comment that he was persuaded by Obama earlier in the week to take another look at maintaining some of the program — came as he has appeared to hedge on other campaign promises just days after winning the presidency.

Here’s a look at a few other areas where President-elect Trump is seemingly backing away from Candidate Trump.


Trump has previously called Obamacare a “disaster.” But, he told the Wall Street Journal, “I told him I will look at his suggestions, and out of respect, I will do that.”

In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired later Friday, he specifically talked about the need to continue coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

“Yes, because it happens to be one of the strongest assets,” Trump told Leslie Stahl.

Trump also said he’d try to keep the measure that allows young people to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26.

“We’re going to very much try to keep that. It adds cost but it’s very much something we’re going to try to keep,” Trump said.

Trump’s openness to compromising on Obamacare, however, was complicated Friday by a shift in the official positions listed on his website.

The Washington Post reported that Trump has revised his health care agenda to steer it more in line with Republican Party orthodoxy.

The paper said the presidential transition website has been edited to now include allowing health care workers to not perform acts that would violate their religious or moral beliefs and to “protect innocent human life from conception to natural death.”

The paper also said the website omits Trump’s call to allow Americans to import prescription drugs from other countries where they are sold at lower prices.

Prosecuting Clinton

During the second presidential debate, Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton by threatening to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate — and convict — the Democratic nominee over her use of a private email server.

His campaign rallies were also marked by chants of “Lock her up” as supporters clamored for Trump to jail his opponent.

Speaking to the Journal, however, Trump seemed to be less committed to the idea.

“It’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought, because I want to solve health care, jobs, border control, tax reform,” he said.

Earlier in the week, top Trump surrogates Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie also seemed to back away from the idea.

Muslim ban

Trump drew outrage last year when he called for a “shutdown” of Muslim immigration to the US. He later amended the plan, calling for “extreme vetting” and a shutdown on immigration from countries compromised by terrorism, but he never refuted his original policy and in July called the new iteration of his plan an “expansion” of his original Muslim ban.

Appearing on Capitol Hill Thursday to discuss his legislative agenda, Trump was asked by a reporter if he would “ask Congress to ban all Muslims from entering the country.”

Trump appeared to hear the question but walked away after thanking everybody.

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  • Kevin Rahe

    Michigan and a few other states had figured out a way to cover people with pre-existing conditions before the ACA, and with policies that (unlike plans on the ACA marketplace) were competitive with those that DIDN’T cover them. So it’s certainly reasonable to expect that anything with which Republicans would replace Obamacare could accommodate this feature as well. And keeping children on a parent’s plan at least through college represents only an incremental cost, and actually helps keep more young, healthy people in the insurance pool – something Obamacare is struggling with. So that’s not unreasonable, either.

  • No PC For Me

    You ( The Media included) really din’t listen to Trump, did you ?
    Because if you had, you’d know what he REALLY said. In its entirety.

    Today Trump said he liked two aspects of Obamacare ( notice I dont call it the affordable care act)
    He said he likes, coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and coverage for kids until they are 26.
    Both major biggies to liberals when Obama said it. Trump, not so much.

  • No PC For Me

    We are still waiting for Obama to end the war and provide free healthcare.
    So you have a long road ahead ( or Soros does) trying to turn Trumps supporters before he takes office.