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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The questions didn ’ t matter. If they did, it would matter a whole lot more whether the candidates answered the questions . That would actually play a part in who “won.” But it didn ’ t . Our analysis shows that Clinton spent an astounding amount of time actually answering the questions from the moderators and the audience, while Trump was more concerned with meandering through his own thoughts.

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. His criticisms of the elites that dominate U.S. foreign-policy circles are not grounded in any identifiable theory of international politics. Should the United States have bombed North Korean nuclear facilities in 2006, as Ashton Carter and William Perry urged the Bush administration to do? These are all important questions ; she didn ’ t answer them.

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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The moderator asks a question on behalf of voters, and the candidates answer those questions — and these debates usually try to follow this model. But Monday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had an entirely different dynamic, and that manifested in voters not actually having their questions addressed. This is a quick overview of the debate. We’ve darkened the sections where Clinton and Trump actually answered the questions they were asked. When Trump derailed a segment, Holt didn ' t rein it in.

Moderator Anderson Cooper of CNN went after Trump , questioning whether the candidate was disciplined. In reference to a tweet at close to 3 a.m., Cooper selectively repeated four words of one 25 word tweet She said who’s going to answer it the call at 3 o’clock in the morning. Guess what, she didn ’ t answer because when ambassador Stevens.”

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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That’s one of the larger conclusions you can draw about the interview, especially since Trump didn ’ t adequately answer most of Wallace’s questions . Instead, he refused to give specific answers and emphasized his desire to remain “unpredictable” during the campaign. “Let’s do a lightening round. Quick questions , quick answers ,” said Wallace. “Would you be willing to use the debt limit and risk the possibility of the country going into default to get more spending cuts?”

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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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