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Highlights of Trump press conference

Wednesday 11/January/2017 - 07:34 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Mostapha Hassan
Trump Doesn't Budge on Tax Returns، Announces Business Handover to Sons
President-elect Donald Trump’s answer on whether he will release his tax returns hasn’t changed despite months of appeals that such disclosures are imperative to avoiding conflicts of interest. He said he won’t release the documents and what’s more، he said the public doesn’t care. The evidence: He won the election.

Mr. Trump also insisted، as he has in the past، that he has no business interests in Russia.
Mr. Trump went further، declaring that he could be running his company if he wanted to but he has decided he didn’t “like the way it looks.” He pointed to stacks of papers on a table alongside his podium and said they represented documents turning over his international empire to his sons، Eric and Don Jr. “They’re not going to discuss it with me،” Mr. Trump said، though his sons have been two of his closest allies in business and in his campaign.

The New York businessman also said he turned down a $2 billion deal over the weekend to do a project in Dubai.
Trump Says He Knows About Possibility of Secret Cameras -- Plus، He's a 'Germophobe'
When a reporter alludes to reports in the dossier of salacious activities in a Moscow hotel، he said he assumed that there were cameras monitoring people everywhere، that he advises all the staff who travel abroad with him، “Be very careful in your hotel rooms.”

And he added، “I’m also very much of a germophobe.”

Trump Says Putin Friendship Could Be Asset
Asked to comment on evidence that Putin was aiming to help him win the election، Mr. Trump returns to his line that a good relationship with Russia and its leaders would be a good thing and not a cause for worry.

“If Putin likes Donald Trump، I consider that an asset not a liability،” he said. And he took a swipe at Hillary Clinton when he said، whether he got along with Putin or not، “Do you honestly believe that Hillary Clinton would have been tougher on Putin than me?”
Trump Says Russia Hacked DNC، Blasts 'Fake News'
Mr. Trump turned to what has become one of his trademark phrases -- “fake news” -- to describe reports about his alleged ties to the the Russian government. Mr. Trump wasn't specific about what referring to and what he was denying. “I think it’s a disgrace،” Mr. Trump said، calling the opponents who hired a spy to put the report together “sick people.”

"It's all fake news. It's phony stuff. It didn't happen،" he said.

After repeatedly expressing doubt about intelligence reports that Russia hacked into the Democratic National Committee to influence the 2016 election، Mr. Trump did say: “As far as hacking، I think it was Russia.” He added that other people and other countries are also trying to infiltrate the U.S.

Trump Unveils VA Pick: David Shulkin
Moving to fill one of the few remaining top posts in his administration، Mr. Trump said he had chosen a Veterans Affairs Secretary for his cabinet، David Shulkin، who is now undersecretary of health for the VA. “We’ll straighten out the VA،” he said.
Trump Calls Report 'Nonsense'
President-Elect Donald Trump started off his first press conference since July boasting that he held press conferences during the campaign on an “almost daily basis.” He actually took few questions from reporters traveling with his campaign during the general election.

After raging on Twitter Tuesday morning about Buzzfeed’s decision to post online a dossier of unverified information about him allegedly gathered by Russian operatives، Mr. Trump sought to hit a positive note by thanking the media that did not publish it. He called the report “nonsense” said it could be a “tremendous blot” on the American intelligence community.

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