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Thursday, January 12, 2017
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President-elect Donald Trump's vow to have better relations with Russia continue to cast a cloud over his transition to the White House as the 45th president. Trump's repeated praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin has put the president-elect at odds with the intelligence community and members of his own party on Capitol Hill.
During his first press conference since accepting the Republican presidential nomination last July, Trump admitted that Russia was responsible for election-related hacking. However, he dismissed the idea that Russia has any compromising information about him after an unverified 35-page dossier was published online. "If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability," Trump said.
Several of Trump’s nominees for key administration positions broke with the president-elect’s view of Russia during their confirmation hearings. Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis said the U.S. may need to “confront Russia” and CIA Director-designate Mike Pompeo agreed with intelligence agency assessments that Vladimir Putin’s objective is to “sow doubt” about American democracy. Republican senators including Marco Rubio and John McCain are also taking a more hardline approach to how the U.S. should respond to Russian meddling.
In his press conference, Trump also tried to ease concerns about potential conflicts of interest that may arise while he is in the White House. He will place all his assets in a trust controlled by his sons who will also take control of the family business. The head of the government ethics office called the plan “wholly inadequate.”
Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers have begun the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have not detailed a plan to replace the controversial law, but the president-elect has promised the replacement will occur “essentially simultaneously.”
Developing story: The Inspector General of the Justice Department has launched an investigation into whether the FBI and the Justice Department followed established "policies and procedures” in handling of its inquiry into former secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email use.
Joining us to examine Trump’s transition and his potential ties to Russia:
- Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report
- Julie Hirschfeld Davis of The New York Times
- Michael Crowley of POLITICO
- Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post
- Manu Raju of CNN
Also on the WASHINGTON WEEK website, learn about the people Donald Trump is selecting to serve in his cabinet:
- State: Rex Tillerson
- Treasury: Steven Mnuchin
- Defense: Gen. James Mattis
- Justice: Sen. Jeff Sessions
- Interior: Rep. Ryan Zinke
- Commerce: Wilbur Ross
- Labor: Andrew Puzder
- Health and Human Services: Rep. Tom Price
- Housing and Urban Development: Dr. Ben Carson
- Transportation: Elaine Chao
- Energy: Gov. Rick Perry
- Education: Betsy DeVos
- Homeland Security: Gen. John F. Kelly
- Chief of Staff: Reince Priebus
Trump briefed on report blaming Putin for election meddling
Trump begins transition to the White House
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