In a recent Chicago Tribune report President-elect Donald Trump and key advisers in recent days have backed away from some of the most sweeping pledges that the Republican candidate made on the campaign trail, suggesting that his administration may not deliver on promises that were important to his most fervent supporters.
Trump built his campaign message around bold vows to, among other things, force Mexico to pay for a massive border wall, fully repeal the Affordable Care Act and ban Muslims from entering the United States. But in the days since his upset election victory, he or his advisers have suggested that those proposals and others may be subject to revision.
Former House speaker and Trump adviser Newt Gingrich, cast doubt this week on whether the new president would seek to have Mexico fund Trump’s proposed border wall – a pledge that inspired regular chants of “Build that wall!” during campaign rallies.
“He’ll spend a lot of time controlling the border. He may not spend very much time trying to get Mexico to pay for it, but it was a great campaign device,” Gingrich said Thursday during a conference call sponsored by Dentons, a global law firm.
Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a close adviser to Trump, sounded certain that the wall would be built – but was far from clear about the timeline. He said during an interview on CNN Thursday that he believes Trump should prioritize tax reform in his first 100 days rather than issues like building the border wall.
“The wall is going to take a while,” Giuliani said. “Absolutely he’s going to build it; it’s a campaign promise. He’s not going to break a campaign promise.”