President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday flatly denied “phoney” explosive allegations about ties with Russia and lurid behaviour on a trip to Moscow that have tainted his election victory and threatened to engulf his presidency.
Just over a week before Trump takes office, the United States has been rocked by unsubstantiated claims that his aides colluded with the Kremlin to win the election — and that Russia has compromising sexual material on Trump.
“I think it's a disgrace that information would be let out,” Trump said, training fire on media outlets that published the allegations and the intelligence agencies who he suggested may have leaked it.
“It's all fake news. It's phoney stuff. It didn't happen,” he said in his first press conference in nearly six months.
“It was a group of opponents that got together, sick people, and they put that crap together.”
It “was released by maybe the intelligence agencies, who knows, but maybe the intelligence agencies, which would be a tremendous blot on their record,” Trump said, later saying it was “disgraceful.”
Turned over 'complete' control of business to sons
Donald Trump said he had formally handed “complete and total” control of his business empire to his adult sons, Don Jr and Eric, in a bid to avoid conflicts of interest once he enters the White House.
“My two sons, who are right here, Don and Eric, are going to be running the company. They are going to be running it in a very professional manner. They're not going to discuss it with me,” the president-elect told a news conference.
Trump said he had signed documents “turning over complete and total control to my sons.”
Mexico will reimburse US for cost of border wall
Donald Trump vowed to forge ahead with plans for a wall on the southern US border after taking office, and said Mexico would reimburse the United States for the cost.
“I could wait about a year and a half until we finish our negotiations with Mexico, which we'll start immediately after we get to office, but I don't want to wait,” Trump told the news conference.
“We're going to start building,” he said, adding: “Mexico in some form — and there are many different forms — will reimburse us and they will reimburse us for the cost of the wall.”
“That will happen. Whether it's a tax or whether it's a payment.“