Trump Acknowledges Russian Cyber-Mischief In News Conference

Jan 11, 2017
Originally published on January 11, 2017 5:26 pm
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Donald Trump, who has repeatedly called the media dishonest, held a wide-ranging news conference today, the first since being elected president. It was also the first time we heard Trump himself acknowledge Russia's meddling in the U.S. election.

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DONALD TRUMP: As far as hacking, I think it was Russia, but I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people.

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Trump did leave the door open for a better relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

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TRUMP: If Putin likes Donald Trump, guess what, folks? That's called an asset, not a liability.

MCEVERS: In addition, Trump said he never acted in a way that would have left him vulnerable to blackmail by Russia. We'll have more on that in a moment. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.