Trump Blasts! Experts from US President-Elect Trump’s First Press Conference
Those who expected a new, more conciliatory Donald Trump following his historic election victory were blown away minutes into his maiden press conference with his trademark bullish approach.
With Americans, and much of the free world on tenterhooks over the consequences of his shape-shifting victory, Trump picked up where he left off during the election campaign by trampling on dissenting views and maintaining a terse relationship with the press.
On the topical issue of interference in the Presidential election, Trump did make the most categorical statement yet, saying he believes Russia was behind it, but slammed the U.S. intelligence agencies for leaking “classified reports”, calling it a “disgrace”.
He dispelled suspicions he’s a luvvie of Russia leader Vladimir Putin, saying “You think Hillary (Clinton) will be tougher on Russia than me? Give me a break.”
While declining to release his tax returns because they’re “under audit”, the 70-year-old billionaire says he’s finally handed over “complete and total” control of his business interests to his sons, Don and Eric, due to his no-conflict situation.
“Over the weekend, I was offered $2bn to do a deal in Dubai” with “a friend of mine”. “Great guy,” he said,
“I could actually run my business and run government at the same time. I don’t like the way that looks but I would be able to do that if I wanted to.”
The Mexican pesos may have hit a 22-year low before the eagerly anticipated press briefing, but Trump couldn’t care less, saying the Wall must go up even if it means Mexico reimbursing the U.S. in a year and half.
He went further to describe his predecessor Barack Obama’s top legacy, Obamacare, as a disaster, claiming though the Republicans don’t want to own it politically, they’ll do Democrats the service of “repealing and replacing it.”
While blaming Obama’s inaction for the creation of terrorists group ISIL, he says America will be respected again under his watch.
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