President-elect Donald Trump his first news conference in nearly six months, amid explosive allegations over his ties to Russia, a little more than a week before his inauguration.
Describing the Russian dossier report as "phony stuff", Trump conceded that Moscow could be behind the hacks during elections. Trump also hit out at "mis-reporting" of the issue.
Firm on building the border wall, Trump said Mexico will reimburse US for the wall, a change from his earlier statement that Mexico will pay for it.
The President-elect refuses to take a question from an outlet he doesn't like, and the rest of the pack carries on regardless.— Nicholas Dawes (@NicDawes) January 11, 2017
To state the obvious: he has absolutely no idea what the replace plan will be. Not even, like, a bullet point version. No clue.— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 11, 2017
Obamacare, a free healthcare policy, had been the focus of Obama presidency, one the outgoing Commander-in-chief hoped would be his legacy.
But its poor rollout and execution gave Donald Trump the fodder he needed to attack Obama policies during the election.
Trump has vowed to reverse major Obama decision, Obamacare is expected to be the first among them
BREAKING: President-elect Donald Trump's lawyer says he `should not be expected to destroy the company he built'— The Associated Press (@AP) January 11, 2017
Vice President-elect Mike Pence (L) is seen in the background as US President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in Trump Tower, Manhattan on January 11, 2017. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)
No other US president-elect in modern times has waited so long to go formally before the media, considered important to shore up public accountability.
While he has conducted one-on-one interviews with select media and taken questions from reporters at informal settings, his performance will be scrutinised as polls show his already bleak approval ratings deteriorate further as the clock ticks down to inauguration.
Here's a recap of the press conference:
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