Plenty of topics for President-elect Trump to address at his first press conference
At 11 a.m. today President-elect Donald Trump will give his first news conference since winning the office today in New York. It has been almost six months since President-elect Trump has had a get together with the media.
He will face questions about what role he believes Russia played in the election year hacking of Democratic groups – interference the intelligence community says was intended to help the Republican defeat Clinton. Trump has challenged that assessment and has yet to say whether a full briefing with intelligence officials last week did anything to sway him.
Less than two weeks from taking office, President-elect Trump is also confronting the reality of implementing his sweeping campaign promises, including building a wall along the nation’s southern border and having Mexico foot the bill. Trump’s team is considering relying on an existing law that authorizes fencing – and the U.S. taxpayer money to bankroll it – at the border. Trump still insists, however, that Mexico will eventually pay for any projects.
There will be a number of other topics on the table. He has a number of his cabinet nominee’s being grilled by Congress. Meanwhile, President-elect Trump will also likely be asked about his plans for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
President-elect Trump and Republican lawmakers are exploring with how to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, a long-sought GOP goal. Some Republicans have suggested delaying a replacement measure, though Trump told the New York Times Tuesday that he wants to take that step “very quickly or simultaneously” with the repeal.
A U.S. official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the intelligence officials informed Trump about an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising personal and financial information about him. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official was not allowed to publicly discuss the matter.
Shortly after news reports were published about the briefing, Trump tweeted: “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”
Some quotes in this story came from ASSOCIATED PRESS and the video is from FOX NEWS