President-elect Donald Trump, whose promise to building a wall along the U.S. southern border and make Mexico pay for it, said he would accept a fence in some places along the border.
“For certain areas I would, but certain areas, a wall is more appropriate. I’m very good at this, it’s called construction,” he told Lesley Stahl on CBS’s “60 Minutes” in an interview airing Sunday night.
Trump also said that in addition to building a wall, he plans to immediately deport or incarcerate 2 million to 3 million people in the country illegally who are “criminal and have criminal records, gang, members, drug dealers.”
“We’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally,” he said. “After the border is secure and after everything gets normalized, we’re going to make a determination on the people that they’re talking about who are terrific people, they’re terrific people but we are gonna make a determination at that. But before we make that determination…it’s very important, we are going to secure our border”
Such a promise was directly at odds with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that “we are not planning on erecting a deportation force.” Ryan said “I think we should put people’s minds at ease” on mass deportation because the top priority is really border security.
CBS released portions of Trump’s interview in advance of its broadcast Sunday night.
Trump campaigned on a vow to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it. He also has insisted he will deport all 11 million people in the country illegally, with exceptions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.