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Top five policies Donald Trump has flip-flopped on

The billionaire tycoon has already changed his mind on many issues he promised to implement once he was elected

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In a lengthy interview with the New York Times last week, United States President-Elect Donald Trump repeatedly cast aside some of his provocative past statements.

Trump backed off of several extreme policy proposals and harsh insults against political opponents.

Here are a few instances of times that Trump drastically changed his tune.

1. Prosecuting Hillary Clinton

During the second presidential debate in October, Trump threatened he would seek to lock up Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton if he was appointed.

"If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your (missing email) situation," Trump said, "because there has never been so many lies, so much deception."

During Trump’s speech after being elected as US president he informed the audience that Hillary Clinton had “congratulated us” on their victory and “I congratulated her for a hard campaign. We owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to this country.”

2. Torture

During his campaigns Trump said he would “absolutely’ allow US interrogators to waterbaord extremist prisoners.

Later on he told The New York Times that after conversing with Ret. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis on torture, he changed his perspective.

"General Mattis is a strong, highly dignified man. I met with him at length and I asked him that question. I said, 'What do you think of waterboarding?'" Trump said.

"He said -- I was surprised -- he said, 'I've never found it to be useful.' He said, 'I've always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I do better with that than I do with torture.'"

3. Obamacare

Throughout campaigns Trump attacked Obama’s health insurance policy and said he would immediately repeal Obamacare when he was to join office.

During an interview with Wall street journal, he said he was to reconsider his stance on Obamacare after meeting with him.

Also during an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” he said he will make sure that the people with preexisting conditions continue to attain coverage.

"Yes, because it happens to be one of the strongest assets," Trump said.

4. Barack Obama

When campaigning, Trump labeled President Obama as the founder of ISIS.

Then, during his “60 Minutes’ interview he said after meeting the President for the first time: “We had a very good chemistry going.”

He also told New York Times: “I really liked him a lot… I’m a little bit surprised. I’m telling you that I really liked him a lot.”

5. Climate Change

In published voice recordings, Trump said he was “not a believer in man-made global warming”

And tweeted: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.”

Later on when he was asked if he believed if there was a connection between human activity and climate change, he told New York Times: “I think right now… well, I think there is some connectivity. There is some, something.”