Transcript for Trump Picks SC Gov. Nikki Haley for UN Post, Changes Course on Campaign Issues
We'll move to the trump transition. Just learned the president-elect trump picked South Carolina governor Nikki Haley to be U.N. Ambassador. It comes as the trump family settles in at their mar-a-lago estate to celebrate Thanksgiving and after that "The New York Times" interview where he softened and even reversed major positions he took during the campaign, David Wright has all the latest. Reporter: That appointment of Nikki Haley as U.N. Ambassador could well be a signal that trump is willing to work even with those who have opposed him in the past. And it comes as trump himself seems to be retreating from some of his biggest campaign pledges. The 44-year-old Republican governor was a supporter of Marco Rubio in the primaries but she has since come around. Well, I won't pretend to have always been president-elect's biggest cheerleader. I did vote for him and I was absolutely thrilled to see him win. Reporter: Haley is the daughter of Indian immigrants who led the charge to remove the confederate flag from south Carolina's capital but not clear how much foreign policy experience she has. Her appointment comes as the president-elect used a meeting with "The New York Times" to backtrack on some of his biggest applause lines from the campaign trail. The crowd chanted "Lock her up" at every trump rally in response to the candidate's vow to seek criminal charges against Hillary Clinton. If I win, I am going to ask my attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to look into her crimes. Reporter: The president-elect trump told "The times" he's now having second thoughts about following through on that threat. I think it would be very, very divisive for the country, he said, adding, I don't want to hurt the Clintons, I really don't. She went through a lot and suffered greatly. Well, so much for locking her up, I guess. Reporter: Senator Lindsey graham told Fox News that's not good enough. I do hope that all the things that Donald Trump said about how crooked she was, that we just don't let it go without some serious effort to see if the law was violated. Reporter: On climate change another issue candidate trump hit hard. We will also cancel billions in global warming payments to the united nations. Reporter: President-elect trump is now more noncommittal, he told "The times," I have an open mind to it. And on torturing potential terror suspects. I would bring back waterboarding and I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding. Reporter: The president-elect indicated he'd changed his mind about that after his sit-down with retired general James Mattis, now a candidate for secretary of defense. He says Mattis told him establishing trust was far more effective than torture, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and he Willi'll do better. Trump was impressed by that answer. He reversed himself on "The new York Times" which throughout the campaign he lambasted as a faying paper, now he admits it he reads it every day although he joked he'd live 20 years longer if he didn't. You two in that "The New York
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