November 23, 2016 12:29 pm
Updated: November 23, 2016 3:09 pm

Here are the campaign promises Donald Trump has backed away from so far

WATCH: What campaign promises has Donald Trump backed away from?


U.S. President-elect Donald Trump‘s victory on election night was built on the back of several controversial promises including pulling out of the Paris climate agreement and jailing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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While Trump has stood firm on some of his promises – including his vow to reform the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – two weeks after winning the election, he appears to have reversed or softened his stance on several other high-profile vows.

Here is a look at some of the campaign promises Trump has backed away from so far:

Jailing Hillary Clinton

Trump’s vow to jail “Crooked Hillary” Clinton brought thunderous “lock her up” chants at rallies throughout his campaign. But, during an interview with the New York Times Tuesday, he showed little appetite for another investigation.

“I don’t want to hurt the Clinton’s, I really don’t. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways,” he told reporters, adding that launching an investigation was “not something I feel very strongly about.”

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However, Trump said “no” when asked if he would rule out investigating Clinton over her family’s charitable foundation or her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

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Pulling out of the Paris climate agreement

During that same interview with the Times, Trump said he was keeping an open mind on whether to pull out of the landmark Paris agreement to fight climate change, which he previously vowed to “cancel.” Previously, a source on Trump’s transition team told Reuters that Trump was seeking quick ways to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Agreement to combat climate change.

A U.S. withdrawal from the pact, agreed to by almost 200 countries, would set back international efforts to limit rising temperatures that have been linked to the extinction of animals and plants, heat waves, floods and rising sea levels.

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Trump also shifted his stance on global warming, which he once said was a “concept created by and for the Chinese in ordering to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

But on Tuesday, he said he thinks there is “some connectivity” between human activity and global warming.

Repealing Obamacare

Just days after the election, Trump suggested that he would like to keep the “most popular” aspects of the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) passed by President Barack Obama’s administration in 2010. Trump told the Wall Street Journal he would consider keeping the benefit that forces insurers to cover people with pre-existing health conditions and another allowing children to use their parents’ plan into their mid-20s.

Trump called Obamacare “disastrous” during his campaign, criticizing Clinton’s proposal to expand the program.

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“Obamacare has led to higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality,” said Trump during a Nov. 1 campaign rally. “Hillary Clinton wants to expand Obamacare and make it even more expensive.”

He said he reconsidered his stance after meeting with Obama at the White House following the election.

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Trump does still plan to make significant changes to to Obamacare including repealing tax increases on wealthy individuals and the health care industry.

Calls to bring back waterboarding, other torture techniques

Trump repeatedly advocated waterboarding and “a hell of a lot worse” to fight terrorism throughout his campaign.

“In the Middle East, we have people chopping the heads off Christians. … I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding,” he said. “We don’t go far enough.”

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But Trump seems to have backed away from those calls. According to the New York Times he reversed his view after a discussion with retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, who is considered a possible pick for secretary of defense.

According to an LA Times report, Trump said Mattis explained that he found building a relationship with the suspect had proven to yield more useful information during interrogations.

“‘Give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I’ll do better,’ Mattis said, according to Trump, who said he was “very impressed” with the answer,” read the report.

Deportation promises

During his campaign, Trump said he would deport an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants.

However, during an interview with 60 Minutes, Trump softened his stance saying he would move to deport up to 3 million immigrants who have criminal records.

“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate. But we’re getting them out of our country,” he said.

WATCH: Trump recites his promise to deport illegal immigrants with “criminal records”

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Even his promise of that controversial wall separating the U.S./Mexico border has changed in ways.

During the same interview he suggested the wall may take on the form of a “fence” in some areas.

– With files from The Associated Press and Reuters

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