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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.”

 

 

He quoted Russia in a Tweet, which he said called the report a “complete and total fabrication, utter nonsense.”

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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?”

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Russia has denied comprising communication with the President-elect.

 

 

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.  

MORE | Wide-ranging news conference finds Trump confident, combative and optimistic

He also touched on other topics making headlines, including:

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Photos | Trump holds first presser since July 

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