Con-man Trump continues to backtrack on right-wing rhetoric that got him elected


trump_flicker_face_yessPresident-elect Donald J. Trump repeatedly called Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary,” and many of his fans chanted over and over again at his campaign rallies: “Lock her up!”

But on Tuesday, Mr. Trump essentially said never mind, signaling that he has no intention of directing investigations into his former rival’s use of a private email server or the financial operations at the Clinton family’s global foundation.

“I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t,’’ Mr. Trump said during a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times. “She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways, and I am not looking to hurt them at all. The campaign was vicious.”

It was the latest evidence that the president-elect is willing to retreat from strong positions expressed in the most strident tones during his campaign for the White House, and a particularly striking turnabout on an issue that dogged Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, which she blames for her loss to Mr. Trump.

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