Donald Trump refused to answer when asked about his opinion on the recent ruling in Texas state law that bans abortion after six weeks or when fetal cardiac activity can be detected.
"Both sides seem to agree that this ruling is largely your doing based on the Supreme Court picks that you made. Do you agree with the ruling?" the interviewer, Sharyl Atkinson, a host of Full Measure, asked the former president in his first on-camera interview since leaving the office.
In the beginning, the former president dodged the question by trashing the past administration before he came into office. "Well, I will tell you this - We do have a Supreme Court that's a lot different than it was before, it was acting very strangely. And I think, probably not in the interests of our country.''
He then added, "I know that the ruling was very complex and also probably temporary. I think other things will happen and that will be the big deal and the big picture. So we'll see what would happen, but we're sending the ruling and we're studying also what they've done in Texas," he went on, stating, "But we have great confidence in the governor and the attorney general and the Lieutenant governor."
Earlier this month, Texas announced they are banning abortion providers from carrying out terminations after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which usually happens around six weeks into a pregnancy. The Supreme Court refused to intervene in the ruling that makes no exceptions for rape or incest unless "if a physician believes that a medical emergency exists."
According to the bill, the law will not be enforced by the state government but rather policed by citizens, who were given the right to sue abortion providers for alleged violations and will be awarded $10,000 if determined that the plaintiff was telling the truth.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden's Chief of Staff Ron Klain said in response to the new ruling, "We have the best lawyers at the Justice Department looking for legal remedies to protect women who are seeking to exercise their constitutional rights" before further stating, "We have the team at HHS looking at what means we can do to try to get women the health care services they need in the face of this Texas law."
Trump's full interview with Sharyl Atkinson will air next Sunday, September 12, on Full Measure.