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Reince Priebus takes reins, Donald Trump says 'Stop it!'

President-elect Donald Trump, center, shakes hands with Republican

President-elect Donald Trump, center, shakes hands with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus during an election night rally in New York City on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Credit: AP

President-elect responds, within limits

Looking newly coiffed, if a bit puffy-eyed and tired, President-elect Donald Trump was asked about reports of hate crimes and harassment since the election. In remarks that aired on Sunday, he said "Stop it.... I will say this and I will say it right to the cameras. Stop it."

The Southern Poverty Law Center noted a spike in complaints, especially in anti-black, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant incidents. "I am so saddened to hear that," he said. For those seeking more clarity, he also said he was surprised to hear the reports.

"I saw one or two instances," he said. 

To those who take such actions, he added, "I would say don't do it, that's terrible, because I'm going to bring this country together."

But he also said: "I think it's built up by the press because, frankly, they'll take every single little incident that they can find in this country, which could've been there before if I weren't even around doing this, and they'll make into an event because that's the way the press is."

Trump talks policy on ‘60 Minutes’

Trump, in his first extensive interview since winning last week’s election, softened his tone on some of his key campaign pledges while still vowing on CBS’ “60 Minutes” to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, eradicate the Islamic State terrorist group, and overhaul Washington’s insider system of politics.

In the hourlong interview, Trump vowed to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health plan, but also said he would aim to preserve two of its provisions, ensuring coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and for young adults who are on their parents’ plans.

In a nod to social conservatives, Trump said he would appoint an anti-abortion Supreme Court justice, but also said he was “fine” with the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

The next commander-in-chief deflected when asked by reporter Lesley Stahl if he would follow through on his campaign promise to appoint a special prosecutor to bring charges against his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, for her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state, calling the Clintons “good people.”

Read more on Trump’s interview, with reaction from local lawmakers here.

Reince takes reins as chief of staff

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was tapped by Trump to serve as his White House chief of staff.

Trump’s selection of Priebus, a political insider who has been RNC chairman since January 2011, is expected to provide the incoming president with a bridge to top Republicans who Trump often found himself at odds with during his controversial campaign.

At the same time, the president-elect, who touted himself as a political outsider looking to overhaul D.C.’s beltway politics, also named the fiery operative who ran his campaign, Stephen Bannon, as his chief strategist and senior counselor, reports Newsday’s Laura Figueroa.

Post-Election Day punditry

Republican politicians and pundits took to the airwaves Sunday to discuss what Donald Trump’s presidency will look like and to calm the fears of those who oppose the president-elect and his rhetoric.

In an appearance on Sunday’s “This Week” on ABC, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani acknowledged racially charged incidents occurring across the country, saying he felt “very bad about that.” The newly-subordinate Giuliani also dismissed potential conflicts, asserting: "“You have to have some confidence in the integrity of the president,” Mr. Giuliani said. “I don’t think there’s any real fear or suspicion that he’s seeking to enrich himself by being president. If he wanted to enrich himself, he wouldn’t have run for president.”

He "shouldn't put his children out of work."

On CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” former Republican House Speaker New Gingrich said it will be critical for Trump to work with Democrats during his first year in office. Interesting statement: Trump "may not spend very much time" trying to get Mexico to pay for his wall, after all, "but it was a great campaign device." 

Newsday’s Valerie Bauman, Lisa Irizzary and Deon Hampton report on the Sunday morning talk show circuit.

Day 5 of anti-Trump protests

More than 1,000 anti-Trump protesters marched through Manhattan on Sunday, the fifth straight day of protests in the city and nationwide following Trump’s Election Day victory.

Allies of Latinos and immigrants marched through Manhattan on Sunday, chanting “Immigrants are welcome here!”

The rally, which began at a Trump hotel overlooking Central Park and passed his namesake Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, came hours before the president-elect’s “60 Minutes” interview aired, reports Newsday’s Matthew Chayes.

What else is happening

  • Suffolk GOP Chairman John Jay LaValle, a prominent on-air Trump surrogate, is basking in the victory, reports Newsday’s David M. Schwartz.
  • Popular radio talker and Trump backer Laura Ingraham may be in line for White House press secretary.
  • Democrats and civil-rights groups slammed the selection of Steve Bannon as Trump's chief White House strategist.
  • Long Island business leaders weigh in on what a Trump presidency will mean to their bottom line, reports Newsday’s business staff.
  • “The fate of the ship always takes precedence over the identity of the captain,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a Daily News op-ed.
  • The New York Times and Trump are engaged in a Twitter war of sorts.

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