Donald Trump is expected to spell out his priorities as America’s head of state Sunday in the first prime-time interview since his election, as the populist Republican’s every move is scrutinized for clues to how he will govern.
Millions of Americans are set to tune in as the billionaire president-elect, who has appeared to strike a conciliatory tone as his Manhattan residence was picketed by throngs of protesters for four straight days, lays out his intentions.
Excerpts from the CBS interview, recorded Friday, have seen Trump reveal plans to keep parts of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law intact, weigh his use of Twitter and suggest he might ask former president Bill Clinton — husband of his rival Hillary Clinton — for advice.
Trump Tower has been a hive of activity as the real estate mogul huddles with his transition team to shape his cabinet — appointments expected to play a crucial role in setting the tone of an administration led by a 70-year-old political novice.
Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway has told reporters the appointment of a White House chief of staff is “imminent” and that Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is a candidate for the key post.
The announcement came as a crowd of more than 10,000 people marched toward Trump Tower in Manhattan Saturday, while another 10,000 turned out in downtown Los Angeles and thousands more marched peacefully in Chicago.
As the commotion plays out in the streets, an ABC News/Washington Post poll out Sunday shows that 74 percent of Americans accept Trump’s election as legitimate, although that number varies greatly among different groups, reaching 99 percent among Trump’s supporters and falling to 58 percent among Clinton’s.