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Trump holds feisty press conference

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 01:35

At his first press conference as president-elect, Trump rebuffed the latest report that Russia has compromising information on him, and engaged in a tense stand-off with CNN. Jonah Green reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD J. TRUMP, SAYING: "Don't be rude. No I'm not going to give you a question. You are fake news. Go ahead." A testy exchange between Donald Trump and CNN marking his first press conference since his November victory. Trump addressing his business conflicts, Obamacare, the Mexican border wall… (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD J. TRUMP, SAYING: "It's not a fence. It's a wall." But the focus kept going back to Russia. Trump rejecting the unverified and salacious report alleging Russia has compromising information on him -- angry that CNN reported it, and furious that Buzzfeed published the dossier. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD J. TRUMP, SAYING: "It's all fake news, it's phony stuff… A thing like that should have never been written, it should never been had and it should certainly never have been released." And after months of publicly doubting that Russia was behind the election hacks against the DNC, he said flatly they were. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD J. TRUMP, SAYING "I think it was Russia." But went on to spend far more time criticizing the DNC than he did Russia. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD J. TRUMP, SAYING "The Democratic National Committee was totally open to be hacked…What Podesta said about Hillary - if I was the boss, I would have fired him immediately…If Putin likes Donal Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability." As for who might've leaked the recent dossier on Russia keeping tabs on Trump, he floated the possibility that it was the intelligence agencies with whom he's clashed over the last few weeks. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD J. TRUMP, SAYING: "Who knows? But maybe the intellgency agencies, which would be a tremendous blot." But when the incoming president was asked directly if anyone on his team had contact with Russia during the campaign, that he did not address, and then left the stage.

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Trump holds feisty press conference

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 01:35