President-elect Trump's stances are evolving on some issues

Updated: Nov. 11, 2016 at 9:51 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It is not a complete 180, but President-elect Donald Trump's stance on some issues seems to be changing.

"It's not uncommon for candidates to walk back some of the things they promised when they learn more about the job," Tulane University political science Professor J. Celeste Lay said. "He may be successful in changing some of his plans from what he promised to do and telling his supporters this is why, and they may accept it."

During his campaign, Trump tapped into Americans' frustrations with the political establishment and their displeasure with the Affordable Care Act.

"Change begins with immediately repealing and replacing ObamaCare," Trump said during his campaign.

But after his meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday, completely repealing and replacing may not be Trump's position.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the president-elect said there are some parts of the act that he would like to keep, specifically, prohibiting discrimination based on pre-existing conditions and allowing Americans to stay on their parents' health care plan until the age of 26.

Also, Friday with the launch of his transition team's website, Trump may be stepping back from another campaign promise. During the campaign, he pushed for a complete ban of Muslim immigrants from countries known to harbor terrorists. But on the website where his policies are laid out, there is no mention of the word "Muslim" on his immigration or his defense page. It says that he plans to "counter the threats posed by these radical ideologies".

"He may be walking back, but it was also the case in the campaign at various times. He would walk things back and be criticized for it and would come back to his original position and that could happen too. We just don't know," Lay said.

Because Trump does not have a political record, it is difficult to say what his ultimate stance will be, according to Lay.

"The campaign is over. The election is over, and in a way, things are just beginning and there's a lot of space for people to be active and work with people who are being most affected by his policies," Lay said.

Lay also says Trump can make significant changes to immigration by himself if he chooses, like ending the Syrian Refugee Campaign and enforcing harsher penalties for people who are in this country illegally.

There are also some things Trump cannot do on his own, such as reverse Roe v. Wade or the Supreme Court's ruling to allow same-sex marriage.

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