Set­ting the tone

In first meeting with the me­dia in months, Trump main­tains un­con­ven­tional style as he ad­dresses hack­ing, wall, health care

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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.”

EVAN VUCCI/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS PHOTOS

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