Setting the tone
In first meeting with the media in months, Trump maintains unconventional style as he addresses hacking, wall, health care
In a combative and freewheeling news conference, President-elect Donald Trump said for the first time Wednesday that he accepts Russia was behind the election year hacking of Democrats that roiled the White House race. Looking ahead, he urged Congress to move quickly to replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law and insisted anew that Mexico will pay the cost of a border wall.
ON RUSSIAN HACKING
“As far as hacking, I think it was Russia.” Adding, on Vladimir Putin: “He shouldn’t be doing it. He won’t be doing it. Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it.”
ON RELEASING HIS TAX RETURNS
In answering a question on whether Americans cared about them, he said, “No I don’t think so. I won, when I became president. No, I don’t think they care at all. I don’t think they care at all.
ON RECENT RUSSIA ALLEGATIONS
“I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies let any information that turned out to be so false and fake out.”
ON MEXICAN BORDER WALL
“I want to get the wall started. Mexico will pay for the wall, but it will be reimbursed.”