Donald Trump in heated set-to with CNN reporter, accuses network of 'fake news'

Donald Trump this afternoon held his first press conference since winning the election in November. Here are the main points.

  • MEDIA: In a heated set-to with CNN reporter Jim Acosta, Mr Trump repeatedly refused to allow the reporter ask a question, and suggested CNN was spreading 'fake news'. Acosta asked for the opportunity to put a question in defence of the organisation. Mr Trump refused.
  • TRADE: Mr Trump said the US trade deals have recently been "a disaster". "We don't make good deals anymore," he said.
  • JOBS:Companies moving their manufacturing plants abroad will face a 'large border tax' on importing their goods back into the US, he warned. He said more factories would be opening in the US' industrial Midwest.
  • JOBS:Mr Trump said he would be "the greatest jobs-producer that God ever created".
  • BORDER WALL: On the border wall with Mexico, he said Mike Pence was leading an effort to get regulatory approval to start building it, and reiterated the claim that Mexico would reimburse the US for the cost, probably through taxes.
  • HEALTH:"Obamacare is a complete and total disaster...It's imploding, " he said, adding he could sit back and criticise Obamacare, adding "That was a thought, but it wouldn't be fair to the people". Instread, he said his cabinet would submit a plan to repeal and replace the system.
  • RUSSIA:Donald Trump has described as "nonsense" unverified claims that Moscow had filmed him in a hotel room in the city, and captured compromising footage.
  • RUSSIA:President-elect Trump calls the unverified dossier on ties to Russia 'fake news' and 'phony stuff' crafted by 'sick people'
  • RUSSIA:Trump says intelligence agencies may have leaked the dossier on his ties to Russia, and says it would be 'blot' on their record.
  • RUSSIA:On Vladimir Putin Donald Trump said: "If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability"
  • TRUMP EMPIRE:Of the Trump empire he said: "My company is much more powerful than people realised." He said his two sons Eric and Donald would run the company for the duration of his presidency and he (Donald Snr) would have no further involvement in it.
  • TRUMP EMPIRE:Lawyer says Trump will put business assets in trust, but his company will still pursue deals in US while he's president. No new foreign deals will be allowed.
  • TRUMP EMPIRE:Donald Trunmp's daughter Ivanka will relocate to Washinghton with her family, and sever all ties with the Trump empire for the duration of the presidency.

When asked how the recent claims about Moscow would colour his relationship with Vladimir Putin he said the "fake news" about the claims in a hotel room in Moscow were "crap". He said it should never have been released, and it was a disgrace that it had been.

Earlier, vice-Presidential elect Mike Pence criticised what he called a "concerted effort in the mainstream media to de-legitimize our administration". He further criticised the actions of those media who published the unverified claims.

Before this afternoon's press conference, Donald Trump angrily denied claims that Russia has material that could be used to blackmail him.

He was shown an unverified report which claims Moscow had filmed him in a hotel room in the city. The US president-elect tweeted that the claims are "nonsense" and said he had "nothing to do with Russia".

Moscow has also denied the claims.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump's choice for Secretary of State says he believes Vladimir Putin and Russia interfered in the US election.

Rex Tillerson is before the US Senate for his confirmation hearing where he described Russia's action during the election as "troubling".

He was asked by Republican Marco Rubio if he believed Russia had hacked emails to denigrate Hillary Clinton and answered: "The report is troubling. It indicates the actions you describe were undertaken."

Rex Tillerson says it is a "fair assumption" that Russian President Vladimir Putin knew about Moscow's meddling in America's 2016 presidential election.

Mr Tillerson said in response to a question from Sen Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, he would not describe Mr Putin as a "war criminal".

Mr Rubio says Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar Assad and bombing in Aleppo should not make it hard to say that Mr Putin is responsible for war crimes.

Mr Rubio has said he has "serious concerns" about Mr Tillerson as America's top diplomat.


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