In his first full press conference after winning the 2016 US presidential elections, Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed as “nonsense” the media claims that Russia has compromising information on him. He dismissed the media’s Russia dossier as ‘phony stuff’ from ‘sick people’, branding BuzzFeed “a pile of garbage” for publishing the allegations.
Trump, however, acknowledged for the first time that he believes Russian operatives hacked the Democratic Party during the election. “As far as hacking, I think it was Russia, but I also think we’ve been hacked by other countries, other people,” he said. “The DNC was totally open to be hacked. They did a very poor job,” he said, adding that attempts to hack the Republican National Committee were unsuccessful and “they were unable to break through.”
Trump also called for new bidding procedures for US drug companies, saying, “They’re getting away with murder (with drug prices) … “There’s very little bidding for drugs. We’re the largest buyer of drugs in the world and yet we don’t bid properly. We’re going to start bidding and we’re going to start saving billions of dollars.”
Assuring complete military preparedness, Trump said, “The admirals have been fantastic, the generals have been fantastic” … He said the F-35’S costs were “billions of dollars way over budget. “We’re going to get those costs way down, and we’re going to get some competition and it’s going to be a beautiful thing.”