US President Donald Trump gave a press conference on Wednesday, in response to recent allegations of corruption and Russian interference leveled at him in the press. Specifically, allegations arose from intelligence leaks of an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compiled compromising personal information on the president-elect, something that Trump has described as "fake news."
US Vice President-elect Mike Pence went on first, responding to what he called a "concerted effort in the media to delegitimize administration," calling the report published on news and entertainment site Buzzfeed "false and unsubstantiated report."
President-elect Donald Trump had recently criticized US intelligence agencies over the leak of an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising personal and financial information on him. His press conference is assumed to be related to the recent report.
Then came Trump, who suggested that "maybe the intelligence agencies" (a tremendous blot on their record that should have never been written and released if it is true) are all fake." He referred to the report as "fake news."
Trump then went on to focus on the economy. "The bidding process for big pharma needs to be reformatted. We're going to save billions of dollars over time," he promised. ""I will be the greatest jobs producer that god ever created."
Trump returned to the topic of the unconfirmed intelligence report, saying that it was "disgraceful that the information would be let out. It's all fake news. Phony stuff. It didn't happen. It was gotten by opponents of ours, sick people, who put that crap together. Outside of the meeting (with the intelligence agencies—ed) it should have never been released. I read what was released and I think it is a disgraceful."
"Hacking I think was Russian, but I think we get hacked by other countries and people," added Trump.
Responding to information gathered from hacking that shined a light on his former opponent Hillary Clinton's supposed misdoings, Trump said that "Hacking is bad and it shouldn't be done. But look what was learned from that hacking! Hillary got the questions to the debates and didn't say anything. That was bad. Terrible thing."
Answering a question on his supposed relation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump said, "If Putin likes me, I consider that an asset, not a liability. They can help us fight ISIS. This administration created ISIS by leaving at the wrong time. If putin likes Donald trump, that is an asset, not a liability."
When asked whether Russia has any leverage over him, Trump responded, "I have no deals in Russia and I have no deals that could happen in Russia. I have no loans with Russia. I have low debt. We could make deals in Russia very easily, but I don’t because I think that would be a conflict."
Respondeding to questions about a possible conflict of interests between acting as president and Trump's many business ventures, Trump mentioned that his two older sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, will take over running his business empire.
Asked whether he plans to release his tax returns to prove his abiding the law, Trump said, "I will not. I don't think the American public cares at all."
Following Trump came Sheri Dillon, a lawyer with law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which is in charge of drafting an agreement with the Trump organization and the presidency . Dillon said the "The Trump organization will be conveyed to a trust before Jan. 20."
"Through trust agreement, he has given up leadership and management to sons for duration of presidency." continued Dillon, adding that "Ivanka will not have any authority in the trump organization."
"No new foreign deals will be made during trump's presidency," Dillon promised, in addition to stating that an "ethics advisor will analyze transactions to make sure no ethnics are violated."
Trump will also reportedly donate all profits from foreign government payments to his hotels to the US Treasury, "so the American people will profit," promised his representative.
Regarding to Obamacare and the replacement plan, Trump said that "Obamacare is a complete and total disaster. We will repeal and replace Obamacare. Very complicated stuff and we're going to get a health bill passed."
Reiterating his campaign promise that he will create a physical barrier between the US and Mexico, Trump said, "We're going to build a wall, not a fence," adding the he will indeed make Mexico pay for it.
Regarding his Supreme Court nominations, Trump said that he has wittled the list of candidates down to 20, and that he will announce his pick within two weeks of his taking office.
Trump said that he feels that the publishing of the unconfirmed report is akin to "living in Nazi Germany," and that is it "disgraceful that intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out. That is something that Nazi Germany would and did do. Buzzfeed is a failing pile of garbage. They are going to suffer the consequences."
Trump Spokespersion Sean Spicer also responded to the leaks' reports, calling CNN and Buzzfeed's covering of the leaks "a sad attempt to gain clicks."