'I'll Say It Right to the Camera -- Stop It': Donald Trump Says the Hate Speech from His Alleged Supporters 'Saddens' Him

The president-elect and his family sat down to discuss his campaign and future presidency

President-elect Donald Trump says he’s “saddened” to hear that some of his alleged supporters are inciting violence and has urged them to “stop it.”

In an interview with 60 Minutes Lesley Stahl that aired Sunday night on CBS, Trump said he was surprised to hear of reported acts of violence carried out in his name.

When Stahl asked whether he wanted to say anything to those perpetrators, Trump responded, “I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, ‘cause I’m gonna bring this country together.” Told that they were harassing Latinos and Muslims, he added, “I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it– if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the camera — stop it.”

Trump, 70, also talked about the “lovely” concession call from his opponent Hillary Clinton. He also addressed his previous claims that he would try and put the former Secretary of State in prison.

“I’m going to think about it,” he said, later adding he was more focused on getting “the country straightened away.”

“She did some bad things,” he said, when asked about his previous comments and references to Clinton as “Crooked Hillary.” “I don’t want to hurt [the Clintons] … They’re good people.”

Chris Albert for CBSNews/60MINUTES

As the interview continued, Trump’s wife Melania joined her husband for some questions about their dynamic as a couple, among other things. Here are more highlights from the interview:

  • Trump on whether he regrets anything from his controversial campaign: “I can’t regret. … I wish it were softer, I wish it were nicer, I wish maybe even it was more on policy, or whatever you want to say. But I will say that it really is something that I’m very proud of, I mean it was a tremendous campaign.”
  • Trump on using similar campaign rhetoric during his presidency: “Well, sometimes you need a certain rhetoric to get people motivated. I don’t want to be just a little nice monotone character and in many cases I will be.”
  • Trump on his meeting with President Barack Obama and if it was “awkward”: “We never discussed what was said about each other. I said terrible things about him, he said terrible things about me. … I’ll be honest, from my standpoint [there was] zero, zero [awkwardness]. And that’s strange. I’m actually surprised to tell you that.”
  • Melania on her relationship with her husband: “I think he hears me. But he will do what he wants to do on the end. He’s an adult. He knows the consequences. And I give him my opinion. And he could do whatever he likes with it.”
  • Melania on the potential awkwardness of her one-on-one meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama, particularly after her speech at the Republican National Convention almost directly mirrored the first lady’s 2008 Democratic Convention address: “No. I didn’t feel it … She was a gracious host. We had a great time and we [talked] raising children in the White House. She was very warm and very nice.”
  • On the presidential salary of $400,000 per year: “I’m not taking it.” (Although he did admit that he might have to take a salary of $1 per year.)

60 Minutes airs Sundays at 7 p.m. ET on CBS.

Related Articles