Jan 11 The following are highlights from U.S.
President-elect Donald Trump's hour-long news conference in New
York on Wednesday, nine days before he takes the oath of office.
TRUMP ON LATEST NEWS ON RUSSIA AND THE ELECTION
Trump blasted the release of an unsubstantiated intelligence
report saying he had been compromised by Russia and was
vulnerable to blackmail, characterizing it as "nonsense that was
released by, maybe the intelligence agencies, who knows, but
maybe the intelligence agencies ... It should never have been
written, it should never have been released."
"It's all fake news. It didn't happen. It's phony stuff. It
was a group of opponents who got together, sick people, who put
"I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the
intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to
be so false and fake out there ... That's something that Nazi
Germany would have done."
He praised some news organizations for not initially
reporting on the document.
"I just want to compliment many of the people in the room
... I have great respect for the news and great respect for
freedom of the press."
He strongly criticized CNN for its reporting of the story,
refusing to take a question from a reporter for the network,
telling him, "I'm not going to give you a question. You are fake
"Some of the media outlets we are dealing with are fake news
... All I can ask for are honest reporters."
Asked whether he accepted that Russian President Vladimir
Putin tried to help him win the election, Trump said, "If Putin
likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability."
He denied having any business dealings with or in Russia. "I
have no loans with Russia at all."
TRUMP ON HACKING AND THE ELECTION
"As far as hacking, I think it's Russia. But we also get
hacked by other countries and other people, and I can say that."
On Putin and hacking, Trump said, "He shouldn't be doing it.
He won't be doing it."
"Within 90 days we will be coming up with a major report on
hacking defense, how do we stop this new phenomena."
TRUMP ON RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES
"Russia will have far greater respect for our country when
I'm leading it ... We're either going to get along, or we're
not. I hope we get along, but if we don't, that's possible too.
"But Russia and other countries, and other countries,
including China, which has taken total advantage of us
economically... and (taken) advantage of us in the South China
Sea ... Russia, China, Japan, Mexico, all countries will respect
us far more, far more, than they do under past administrations."
TRUMP ON HIS SUPREME COURT PICK
Asked about nominating a Supreme Court justice, Trump said,
"So, as you know, I have a list of 20. I've gone through them
... They were outstanding in every case ... I'll be making the
decision on who we will put up for justice of the United States
Supreme Court, a replacement for the great, great Justice
(Antonin) Scalia. That will be probably within two weeks of the
20th (of January) ...
"It will be a decision which I very strongly believe in. I
think it's one of the reasons I got elected."
TRUMP ON PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES
"We have to get our drug industry coming back" to the United
States, he said, adding that companies had been "leaving left
Trump also called for new bidding procedures for U.S. drug
companies, saying, "They're getting away with murder (with drug
prices) ... There's very little bidding for drugs.
"We're the largest buyer of drugs in the world and yet we
don't bid properly. We're going to start bidding and we're going
to start saving billions of dollars."
TRUMP ON JOBS AND MANUFACTURERS
"I said I will be the greatest jobs producer that God ever
created, and I mean that."
"You want to move your plant, and you think, as an example,
you're going to build that plant in Mexico, and you're going to
make your air conditioners or your cars, or whatever you're
making, and you're going to sell them through what will be a
very, very strong border ... Not going to happen. You're going
to pay a very large border tax."
TRUMP ON TALKS WITH MEXICO BEFORE BUILDING BORDER WALL
Trump said he would not wait for negotiations with Mexico to
be completed before starting to build a wall along the two
"I could wait about a year and a half until we finish our
negotiations with Mexico, which will start immediately after we
get into office; but I don't want to wait."
TRUMP ON OBAMACARE
"We're going to be submitting ... a plan. It'll be repeal
and replace; it will be essentially simultaneously; it will be
various segments, you understand, but will most likely be on the
same day or the same week."
"Obamacare is the Democrats' problem. We are going to take
the problem off the shelf for them ... we are doing the
Democrats a great service."
TRUMP ON VETERANS
Trump announced the nomination of Dr. David Shulkin as
secretary of Veteran Affairs. Shulkin is currently under
secretary for health at the VA.
"We're going to straighten out the VA for our veterans. I
have been promising that for a long time ... We interviewed at
least 100 people (for VA head), some good, some not so good ...
Our veterans have been treated very unfairly."
(Compiled by Jonathan Oatis; Edited by Tom Brown)