President-elect Donald Trump changed his tune on several topics—among them climate change and prosecuting Hillary Clinton—in statements Tuesday to The New York Times and on Twitter. What he’s said in the past and what he’s saying now:
Then: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” —2012 tweet. “Global warming is an expensive hoax!” —January 2014 tweet.
Now: “I think there is some connectivity. Some, something. It depends on how much.” — On the link between human activity and climate change. “I’m looking at it very closely. I have an open mind to it.” —On whether he will withdraw from climate change accords.
Then: “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception.” — 9 October debate.
Now: “It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about. ... I think it would be very, very divisive for the country.” —On pursuing criminal charges against the Clintons.
Then: Citing anecdotes about violent behaviour in Carson’s memoir, Trump compares him to a child molester. “It’s in the book that he’s got a pathological temper. ... That’s a big problem because you don’t cure that ... as an example: child molesting. You don’t cure these people.” — 12 November 2015, CNN interview.
Now: “I am seriously considering Dr. Ben Carson as the head of HUD. I’ve gotten to know him well — he’s a greatly talented person who loves people!” —22 November tweet.
President Barack Obama
Then: “He will go down as one of the worst presidents in the history of our country.” —27 July interview with NBC.
Now: Recalling their Oval Office meeting, “I really liked him a lot.”
Then: “We ought to open up the libel laws, and I’m going to do that.” — 27 February interview on Fox News.
Now: Says someone told him, “You know, you might be sued a lot more.” ‘I said, ‘You know, I hadn’t thought of that.’”
The New York Times
Then: “No paper is more corrupt than the failing New York Times. The good news is it is failing, it won’t be around too much longer. But they are really, really bad people.” — 14 October rally.
Now: “I have great respect for the New York Times. I have tremendous respect.” But he adds: “I think I’ve been treated very rough.”