Politics The questions Trump didn't answer

22:05  11 january  2017
22:05  11 january  2017 Source:   USA TODAY SPORTS

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Trump also didn ’ t answer a similar question earlier Tuesday during a meeting with members of Congress on trade. Porter resigned as staff secretary last week after he was accused of domestic abuse by both of his ex-wives

On Tuesday, as Trump gave his first State of the Union address, he lauded surging stock markets and a tax cut expected to benefit four-fifths of Americans. But on the issues most on American minds, he tellingly left more questions than answers .

President-elect Donald Trump during Jan. 11, 2017 news conference. © TIMOTHY A. CLARY, AFP/Getty Images President-elect Donald Trump during Jan. 11, 2017 news conference.

While offering a vigorous defense against claims that Russia has dirt on him — and blasting the news media along the way — Donald Trump left his news conference Wednesday with a few questions unanswered, or half-answered. 

Among them (on camera at least): Did any of his associates have specific contacts with Russian officials?

(Some reporters who pursued Trump after the news conference reported that he provided a one-word response as he entered a Trump Tower elevator: "No.")

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President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday adamantly denied reports that Russia had obtained compromising information about him, calling news reports "a disgrace.". He also acknowledged Moscow was likely behind the hacking of the DNC. (Jan. 11) AP.

President Donald Trump 's overall health "is excellent" and he did "exceedingly well" on cognitive screening. That's according to his White House physician, Navy doctor Ronny Jackson. (Jan. 16) AP.

Another unanswered question, as phrased by a reporter: "Did the heads of the intelligence agencies provide you with the two-page summary of these unsubstantiated allegations?"

Trump neither confirmed nor denied in a lengthy answer, but he did suggest they did not: "I saw the information; I read the information outside of that meeting. It's all fake news. It's phony stuff. It didn't happen. And it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know, because you reported it and so did many of the other people."

Also: "I'm not allowed to talk about what went on in a (classified) meeting."

The president-elect also declined several opportunities to say whether he would reduce or end sanctions on Russia, including those President Obama imposed last month over the hacking episode.

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But again and again on questions like these, Sessions testified he was “not able to comment on” or “not able to characterize” something he and President Trump talked about. And yet it’s not that Sessions wasn’ t willing to answer any sensitive or high-stakes questions . He bluntly told Sen.

Trump presents a rich target. His views are an incoherent jumble of mostly bellicose rhetoric, intermixed with occasional sensible comments about how U.S. foreign policy has failed. These are all important questions ; she didn ’ t answer them.

Trump also demurred, somewhat, when asked whether he accepted the intelligence community's findings that Russia engineered the hackings of Democrats close to Clinton.

Trump did suggest Russian involvement, "but — you know what? — it could have been others also."

Also unanswered: 

• What a new Republican health care plan might look like, essentially referring the issue to Health and Human Services-designate Tom Price. "So as soon as our secretary is approved and gets into the office, we'll be filing a plan," Trump said at one point.

• Details of a capital repatriation plan and proposed corporate tax cuts. Trump did say, "there will be a major border tax on these companies that are leaving and getting away with murder."

One thing Trump flatly refused to answer: A question from CNN, the news organization that did the story on Russian intelligence gathering on Trump.

"Not you," Trump told CNN's Jim Acosta. "Your organization is terrible ... You are fake news."

Warren won’t say Trump is ‘legitimate president’ .
At the 47th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast in Boston, Massachusetts’ US senators, Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, decried President-elect Donald Trump’s negative comments about US Representative John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and civil rights hero. In an interview that aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Lewis said he doesn’t “see the President-elect as a legitimate president.”Trump tweeted that the congressman, who marched with King during the civil rights and was bloodied at Selma, should spend more time fixing his district “rather than falsely complaining about the election results.

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