Proving his intent to be a president for all Americans and to unify the country, Donald Trump has said he does not wish to pursue any investigation or issue any punishment regarding Hillary Clinton’s behavior while secretary of state.
Trump made the comments during a meeting with The New York Times on Tuesday, the contents of which were live-tweeted by Times journalists Maggie Haberman and Mike Grynbaum.
“I think [prosecuting the Clintons] would be very, very divisive for the country.”
“I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways,” Trump said.
“I think [prosecuting the Clintons] would be very, very divisive for the country,” Trump added. “It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about.”
“My inclination would be for whatever power I have on the matter is to say: ‘Let’s go forward.’ This has been looked at for so long, ad nauseam,” Trump added.
Trump’s words are quite the contrast to his statements during the second presidential debate. “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation,” Trump told Clinton.
“There has never been anything like this. We’re going to look into it because you know what, people’s … lives have been destroyed for doing one-fifth of what you have done.”
It’s fitting that Trump’s decision to leave the pile of skeletons in the Clintons’ closet locked firmly away and focus on uniting and moving the country forward was announced in a meeting with The New York Times.
Despite blasting the publication for their outrageously biased coverage, the president-elect was ultimately willing to meet with them. “I have great respect for The New York Times. I have tremendous respect,” he said during the meeting.
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During the meeting, Trump also defended chief strategist and Breitbart CEO Stephen K. Bannon from accusations of bigotry.
“If I thought he was a racist or Alt-Right or any of the things, the terms we could use, I wouldn’t even think about hiring him,” Trump said. “I think it’s very hard on him. I think he’s having a hard time with it. Because it’s not him,” he added.
“A lot of people are coming to his defense right now,” Trump noted, referring to multiple Jewish-Americans who worked with Bannon at Breitbart and continue to work there.
“If you see something or you get something where you feel that I’m wrong, I’d love to hear it. You can call me,” he said.