Donald Trump press conference as it happened: 'We are going to build a wall, Mexico will reimburse'

Jan, 11 2017 IST

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    President-elect Donald Trump says Russia will 'respect our country more' when he is leading the nation.
     

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    'We are going to build a wall'

    "We are going to build a wall," said Donald Trump. He added that Mexico will reimburse the United States and negotiations will start soon. He also said that he respects the government and people of Mexico.

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    Donald Trump is going to donate profits from foreign payments at his hotels to the United States Treasury, announced his lawyer. 

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    "I could run the Trump Organisation (great great company) and the country at the same time." 

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    "I was offered $2 million to do a deal in Dubai. I turned it down." 

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    'Much hacking going on' 

    Donald Trump said he will consult some of the greatest 'computer minds' and put together a defence. On intelligence report he said it is fake news and it "totally didn't happen". He said if Vladimir Putin likes Donald Trump then it is an asset not a liability. 

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    'Greatest job producer'

    Donald Trump says he will be the greatest job producer that God ever created. 

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    Trump addresses the press 

    Donald Trump said that he has great respect for the press. He further added that there will be big announcement in the next few days. 

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    Mike Pence addresses the press 

    Mike Pence said he will honoured to stand shoulder to shoulder with Donald Trump. His energy has inspired many. "With freedom comes responsibility," said Pence and alleged media bias. He said that the president-elect will talk about his team that will serve the United States. 

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    Trump's press conference

    Hours before the press conference, Donald Trump, in a series of tweets, said that he has no deals with Russia and it is all fake news. 

US President-elect Donald Trump will use his first news conference in nearly six months on Wednesday to lay out a plan to separate himself from his business empire to try to erase questions about potential conflicts of interest, but Russia is likely to take center stage.

US President-elect Donald Trump. AP

US President-elect Donald Trump. AP

In his first formal session with reporters since winning the 8 November election, Trump will likely face questions about his bid to warm US relations with Moscow after US intelligence agencies concluded Russia used cyber hacking to try to tilt the election in his favour.

There was an unpredictable element to the news conference, to be held at his Trump Tower headquarters in New York, given Trump's repeated criticism of the US media and his belief that many news organizations favored Democrat Hillary Clinton during last year's presidential campaign.

The president-elect, who is to be sworn in on 20 January, has been under pressure to separate himself from his global business operations to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest once he moves into the White House.

After initially declaring there was no law that prohibited him from maintaining control of his business while serving as president, Trump switched gears in December and said legal documents were being crafted "which take me completely out of business operations."

Trump has said his two adult sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, will manage his businesses and no new deals will be done during his time in office, but has offered few details.

He has not said he would divest from his companies, a step some critics say he should take. His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, announced plans on Monday to divest much of his holdings in preparation for taking a senior advisory role in the Trump White House.

While North Korea, Syria, Iran, China, tax reform and border security could well come up at the news conference, questions about Russia are likely to dominate the session.

Trump has faced persistent questions about Russia throughout the past year given his reluctance to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin and his desire to improve US relations with Moscow, including working together to defeat Islamic State militants.

His stance has rattled traditional US allies such as Nato countries and many US foreign policy experts who consider Russia a geopolitical adversary.

Trump has left open how he would respond to the Russian cyber hacking that US intelligence agencies said was aimed at disrupting the presidential campaign.

US intelligence chiefs briefed him on Russian involvement in the election last Friday and he has accepted the fact that it happened.

CNN reported on Tuesday that classified documents presented to Trump in that session included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising information about him.

The allegations were in a two-page synopsis appended to a report presented by US intelligence officials to Trump and Obama on Russian interference in the 2016 election, CNN said, citing multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings.

In an apparent reference to the reports, Trump took to Twitter.