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What Trump made clear at his news conference and what he left murky

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

President-elect Donald Trump's news conference Wednesday, his first in nearly half a year, clarified some issues, not others. Here's a look:


Conflicts of interest

Trump will not sell his major assets to avoid potential conflicts of interest.

"President-elect Trump should not be expected to destroy the company he built," his attorney Sheri A. Dillon said.

The Trump Organization will make " no new foreign deals " during Trump's presidency, but new domestic deals will be allowed, Dillon said.

Trump has "relinquished leadership and management" of his company, but plans to resume running the company after his presidency.

"I hope at the end of eight years, I'll come back and say, 'Oh, you did a good job.'" Trump said. "Otherwise, if they do a bad job, I'll say, 'You're fired.'"

He's not releasing his tax returns . "I'm not releasing the tax returns because as you know, they're under audit," Trump said.

Since the IRS routinely audits each president's tax returns, that would seem to rule out disclosure for the duration of his presidency.

Intelligence agencies

He blames the nation's intelligence agencies for leaking derogatory information about him.

"It was disgraceful — disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out. I think it's a disgrace, and I say that — and I say that, and that's something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do," he said.


Border wall

Trump said he wants to move ahead quickly with building a wall along the Mexican border, but did not explain how it will be paid for.

Taxpayers "will be reimbursed" by Mexico, he said, but it's "less likely that it's a payment" from the Mexican government. Maybe "a tax" would be involved, he said, without specifying what that might mean.


He doesn't like the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare now and replace it later, Trump said. But he provided no clue on what his administration's own Obamacare replacement plan would look like.

Trump said he would submit a plan after his Health and Human Services secretary pick, Rep. Tom Price, wins confirmation, something that's not likely to happen until next month at the earliest.

Big drug companies are Trump's latest target, and he revived the idea of having the government negotiate drug prices for federal programs like Medicare. But he said nothing about how he would convince congressional Republicans to approve negotiated drug prices, something they have staunchly opposed for years.

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