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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 23:20

The Trump Transition: Trump's words dominate the day

Written by  Elise Viebeck

Trump held his first news conference since the election and three nominees had confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill. Here’s what’s going on:

President-elect Donald Trump’s first news conference since last summer managed to overtake a day full of transition news on Capitol Hill.

For the first time, Trump said he believes it was Russia that hacked the Democratic National Committee, but he continued to downplay the idea that Russian President Vladimir Putin could manipulate him.

“If Putin likes Donald Trump, guess what folks, that’s an asset, not a liability,” Trump said in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan. “I don’t know if I’ll get along with Vladimir Putin . . . but even if I don’t, does anyone in this room think Hillary Clinton would be tougher on Putin than me? Give me a break.”

Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler assesses five moments from President-elect Donald Trump's Jan. 11 question-and-answer session with reporters. (Sarah Parnass,Glenn Kessler/The Washington Post)


The ostensible purpose of Wednesday’s news conference was for Trump to reveal how he plans to divorce himself from his businesses for the next four years to avoid conflicts of interest.

This is where his lawyer, Sheri Dillon of Morgan Lewis, came in.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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