US President-elect Donald Trump calls on post-election protesters not to “be afraid,” further compromising his proposal about building a wall on the Mexican border, saying “there could be some fencing.”
The real estate mogul, who won the 2016 presidential election by gaining the most electoral votes, made the remarks in an interview with CBS on Sunday.
Since his victory, thousands of anti-trump activists have been marching in streets across the nation, dismissing the reality TV star as president.
“Don’t be afraid. We are going to bring our country back. But certainly, don’t be afraid,” he said.
‘There could be some fencing’
He also commented on building a wall on the border with Mexico in an attempt to stop the influx of illegal immigrants, which has been one of the central aspects of the Trump campaign, saying a fence would suffice in some areas.
“But certain areas, a wall is more appropriate. I’m very good at this, it’s called construction, there could be some fencing,” he said.
His remarks were reminiscent of earlier ones by US House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was briefly engaged in a row with Trump in the run-up to the 2016 vote over the property tycoon’s claims of sexual assault captured in a 2005 recording.
“We are not planning on erecting a deportation force. Donald Trump’s not planning on that,” Ryan told CNN. “I think we should put people’s minds at ease. That is not what our focus is. That is not what we’re focused on. We’re focused on securing the border.”
Many of the “people” Ryan was commenting about were initially lured into the campaign by the idea of building a wall and making Mexico pay for it.
The idea, which has outraged human rights activists across the globe, even remained one of his most popular ones up to the Election Day on November 8.
Enter Priebus, Bannon
As the future president was taking the steps necessary to enter the White House, he also appointed a Washington insider as his chief of staff.
Reince Priebus, the head of the Republican National Committee, was appointed as Trump’s chief-of staff on Sunday.
Priebus (pictured above) was picked despite his close friendship with Ryan and his hesitation to endorse the real estate mogul.
During his campaign, Trump said he was an outsider to the US politics and intended to fight the “rigged” system.
Trump gave another top job, chief strategist and senior counselor to the president, to Stephen Bannon, his campaign chairman and former head of the right-wing Breitbart News website.
Bannon (pictured above) and Priebus would be “working as equal partners to transform the federal government.”