Local reaction to President-elect Trump’s ’60 Minutes’ interview

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – It was Donald Trump’s first extensive post-election interview only days after becoming President-elect.

“I’ve done a lot of big things. I’ve never done anything like this. It is so big,” Trump said during an interview with CBS “60 Minutes.”

The interview covered wide ranging subjects like the Affordable Care Act and immigration.

Mr. Trump said that he doesn’t regret the rough and tumble, sometimes nasty tone of the campaign.

“I wish it were softer. I wish it were nicer,” he said.

Republican strategist Carl Calabrese, a consultant with Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese & Associates, says most people would rather see a toned-down policy oriented campaign — but he says that’s not the reality.

“As the late Mario Cuomo used to say, you can campaign in poetry and you govern in prose. Campaigns are different than governing,” said Calabrese.

On the issue of protests popping up across the nation, Mr. Trump says people taking to the streets should not be afraid of his future administration.

“Don’t be afraid. We are going to bring our country back. But certainly don’t be afraid,” he said.

Erie County Democratic Committee Chairman Jeremy Zellner believes President-elect Trump set the stage for worry and concern during the campaign.

“The rancor that he has brought to the forefront of this nation has made a lot of people be concerned about they can expect moving forward,” said Zellner. “So it should be no surprise to him that people have major concerns, are upset, and are not going to go away.”

While he adjusts to post-election reality, there are some policy issues that might take on a different flavor and not completely match what was said during the campaign.

Kevin Hardwick, a political scientist with Canisius College, says it’s not unusual for people to move once elected.

“They get on the inside. They get their briefings. They find out…that sure looks different from the inside,” said Hardwick, a Republican in the Erie County Legislature. “He got what he wanted. He’s president. Now he realizes that he has to deal with other people.”

During a Monday afternoon news conference, President Barack Obama said that both sides of the political divide should give President-elect Trump some time to set up his team, and then Americans can judge him in a couple of years.

Carl Calabrese thinks Mr. Trump could surprise people in terms of his ability to negotiate to the point of reaching a deal.

“One thing I think I can say for sure is he’s not philosophical, he’s transactional,” said Calabrese. “Much like Lyndon Johnson. He wants to get deals done, which in this business now means passing legislation.”

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