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If Putin likes me, I consider that an asset, not a liability – Trump

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US President-elect Donald Trump is holding his first news conference since the election. The event comes amid reports about Trump being influenced by Russia that he has denounced as ‘fake news.’

Trump’s Cabinet picks are undergoing confirmation hearings in the Senate. Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, nominated to head the State Department, is running the gauntlet on Wednesday morning, similar to what Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions went through on Tuesday. In comparison, the lawmakers went easy on retired Marine General John Kelly, nominated to head Homeland Security.

Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer called BuzzFeed’s report “outrageous” and “irresponsible.”
BuzzFeed and CNN running the unsubstantiated report is “a sad and pathetic attempt to get clicks,” Spicer said.

“This political witch-hunt by some in the media is based on flimsy reporting, and is shameful and disgraceful,” he said.

Trump started his speech by thanking the news organizations that “looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies – which would be a tremendous blot on them. The thing like that should have never been written – and rejected it.”

“A group of my opponents got together, sick people, and they got that crap together,” Trump said.

“Does anyone really believe that story?” Trump asked the press, adding that he always told his employees to be very careful when they travel, lest they end up watching themselves on television.

He continued his speech focus on a wide range of issues from building factories to his inauguration.

“Big news is going to be announced over the next couple of weeks,” about companies going to build factories in the Midwest, Trump said, citing recent announcements by Ford and Fiat Chrysler as examples.
Big pharma is “getting away with murder,” said the president-elect, adding that he intends to save billions by overhauling the bidding system for medication.

The generals and admirals have “been fantastic” about reducing the costs on the F-35, Trump said, referring to the stealth fighter made by Lockheed Martin and plagued by cost overruns and technical issues.

“I’m really proud of what we have done and we haven’t even gotten [to the White House] yet,” Trump said.

The majority of questions from reporters focused on Russia and the intelligence reports on the alleged interference in election.

“Hacking’s bad, and it shouldn’t be done. But look at what was learned from the hacking: That Hillary Clinton got questions to the debate, and didn’t report it? That’s a horrible thing,” Trump said.

Answering questions about his relations with Putin Trump said that “if Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability.”

“Do you honestly believe Hillary would be tougher on Putin than me? Give me a break,” he said.

Speaking of possible conflicts of interest from his business past business operations, Trump said that he has “no loans, no deals, or no pending dealings with Russia.”
He said he was offered $4 billion for deals in Dubai over the weekend, but turned it down.
“I have a no conflict-of-interest provision as president,” Trump said. “So I could actually run my business and run the country at the same time.”

He said he could do it, but did not want to.

“My two sons, Don and Eric, are going to be running the company,” Trump said, turning over “complete and total control” of the Trump Organization to his children.

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Trump confirms CIA chief met Kim Jong Un in North Korea

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Donald Trump confirmed CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with the leader of North Korea last week.

“Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week. Meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed, ” U.S. President Trump says in Twitter post.

He added: “Details of summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for world, but also for North Korea!”

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President Trump says WTO ‘unfair to U.S.

China, which is a great economic power, is considered a Developing Nation within the World Trade Organisation.

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WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump blasted the World Trade Organization on Thursday, saying the international trade body was “unfair” to the United States while giving China “tremendous perks and advantages,” but he offered no evidence or examples to back up his claim.

“China, which is a great economic power, is considered a Developing Nation within the World Trade Organization. They therefore get tremendous perks and advantages, especially over the US Does anybody think this is fair. We were badly represented. The WTO is unfair to US,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

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President Trump suggests no deal on DACA

He also urged Republicans in charge of the Senate to “go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws Now.”

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Washington, April 2 : US President Donald Trump suggested on Sunday that there would be no deal to legalize the status of hundreds of thousands of “Dreamers”, undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children.

“No MORE DACA DEAL!” Trump said in an emphatic tweet Sunday morning. DACA refers to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama administration program that shields Dreamers from deportation, Xinhua reported.

Trump shut it down last fall but gave lawmakers six month to come up with a permanent solution.

Though Congress has been unable to reach a consensus on the issue and stalled the progress, legal challenges to the Trump order has managed to keep DACA in place for now.

The President tweeted a claim on Sunday that Border Patrol agents can’t do their jobs properly because of “ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws” that allow people caught for illegally staying in the country to be released while awaiting a hearing.

He also urged Republicans in charge of the Senate to “go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws Now.”

In order to end debate and move forward to a vote on a measure or piece of legislation, Senate rules require 60 votes in the 100-member Senate. Republicans now only control 51 seats, and GOP Senate leaders have opposed Trump’s repeated call to change the longstanding rules.

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