In his first press conference in six months, President-elect Donald Trump held firm to his belief that the scandal with Russian hacking is unsubstantiated and continued to berate media organizations he felt weren’t “real news” outlets, while thanking the ones who didn’t publish information about his connection to Russia.
He loosely discussed nominating someone to the Supreme Court, saying would take place within 2 weeks of the inauguration and that he’s choosing from list of 20 potential candidates.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more
Trump spoke to more than 250 journalists in the lobby of Trump Tower Wednesday in the first full news conference since his election as president. There were enough Trump supporters in the room to provide applause.
The president-elect was introduced by incoming press secretary Sean Spicer, who denounced reports by CNN and BuzzFeed about Russian intelligence on Trump. Spicer called BuzzFeed “a left wing blog” that was hostile to Trump’s campaign, and the report was a “sad and pathetic attempt to get clicks.”
Vice President-elect Mike Pence went even further, alleging that there was a concerted effort by the media to “demean” and “delegitimize” the New York businessman.
But despite his denunciations, Trump started the his first news conference in six months by thanking many in the news media for not publishing unsubstantiated information.
He said he may owe his nomination to his frequent news conferences. “We stopped giving them because we were getting quite a bit of inaccurate news,” Trump said.
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