The Trump Transition: Trump’s words dominate the day
Trump held his first news conference since the election and three nominees had confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill.
Here’s what’s going on: President-elect Donald Trump’s first news conference since last summer managed to overtake a day full of transition news on Capitol Hill.
For the first time, Trump said he believes it was Russia that hacked the Democratic National Committee, but he continued to downplay the idea that Russian President Vladimir Putin could manipulate him.
The ostensible purpose of Wednesday’s news conference was for Trump to reveal how he plans to divorce himself from his businesses for the next four years to avoid conflicts of interest.
Several of Trump’s Cabinet nominees underwent confirmation hearings Wednesday, with secretary of state-designee Rex Tillerson receiving sharp questions from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and secretary of transportation-designee Elaine Chao, wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)