Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who has blasted Donald Trump as "dangerous" and a "human leech," is coming around to the president-elect.
In an interview with NPR posted Thursday, Reid said he has softened his opinion, and is "hopeful" the new commander in chief "does well" for the American people.
"I have to say this: He's not as bad as I thought he would be," Reid said, adding: "We heard from Trump that one of the first things he was going to do is repeal [the DREAMers] executive order."
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"In an interview he had with Time magazine in the last day or two, he said, 'Nah, I'm not going to do that.' Those young people deserve to stay here. He's not going to prosecute Hillary Clinton criminally, as he said he would do. Obviously he didn't believe in all of the stuff he said, which is a step in the right direction."
"It's not as if Donald Trump and I have been enemies our whole lives," he added. "You know, he's done fundraisers for me. When I was elected last time he sent me a letter saying 'you're awesome' . . . It's not as if I have hate in my soul for Donald Trump. I hope, beyond all, that he does well. It's important to the stability of this great nation we have."
"And I'm hopeful – I keep using that word, but that's what it is – hopeful that he will lessen his rhetoric and work toward a safer, more productive America."
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