NEW YORK – It’s been a long time coming.
On Wednesday, for the first time since July, President-elect Donald Trump addressed the media’s questions at a press conference in Trump Tower, including what he plans on doing with his Trump empire and allegations that he has been inappropriate with Russia.
Beginning at 11 a.m., this was also Trump’s first official press conference since winning the election. He canceled his news conference in December.
Intelligence agencies briefed Trump last week on reports that contained allegations that Russia has blackmail on him involving sexual and financial indecency.
He has since been firing back, via Twitter, at accusers who said he was involved in shady communications with Russia. He called out those who alleged his misconduct as a “total political witch hunt” and “fake news.”
FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
He quoted Russia in a Tweet, which he said called the report a “complete and total fabrication, utter nonsense.”
Russia just said the unverified report paid for by political opponents is "A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE." Very unfair!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Trump continued his rant on Twitter, questioning if the U.S. is Nazi Germany.
“Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?”
Russia has denied comprising communication with the President-elect.
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
I win an election easily, a great "movement" is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Trump reacted to the allegations during his live press conference.
“If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset not a liability," he said of his relationship with Russia's president Vladimir Putin during the news conference. He referred to the leak of information as "disgraceful," "false" and "fake"--pointing the finger at BuzzFeed.
Trump called the digital media group a "failing pile of garbage" for releasing the 35-page unverified report he called bogus.
He also touched on other topics making headlines, including:
- His company v. presidency: Handing off his business to his two sons
- Trump's cabinet nominations and appointments, including his son-in-law
- Building a wall
- Border taxes
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