For the first time since winning the presidency, President-elect Donald Trump will hold a press conference Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Since the beginning of his transition, questions have mounted regarding proposed policies, allegations, and potential conflicts that revolve around Trump and his team. The press conference is the supposed platform to address those questions.
Below is a breakdown of expected topics that will be discussed during the conference:
- Conflicts of Interest: Expect reporters to hone in on Trump regarding his connections to the Trump Organization and all of its holdings. While Trump has recused himself from his successful business conglomerate, his three children – Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr. – will still be running the company. Trump will likely also face nepotism questions on hiring son-in-law Jared Kushner as a senior adviser.
- ObamaCare: As of now, Republican lawmakers like Sen. Rand Paul and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are still scrambling to choose a concrete way to address ObamaCare. Trump will likely be asked about his thoughts on an immediate “repeal and replacement” strategy, such as how long the repeal will take and what the Trump administration plans on replacing the controversial healthcare law with.
- The Wall: Trump’s days to acquiring the presidency are closing in, as are expectations that he will present a clear plan on his proposed illegal immigration-halting wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. While Trump has claimed Mexico will pay for the wall, officials from the Latino country keep refuting this claim. With Trump now looking to Congress to garner up the funds, the media will likely press Trump about this new decision, and if it will work out.
- Russia: This topic may dominate the floor of the press conference. Trump has repeatedly denied allegations that the Russians were behind the politically-influencing hack attack on the DNC during the presidential campaign. However, this rhetoric goes against various intelligence agencies claiming Russia was meddling. There have also been recent, though unverified, reports that Russia has compromising personal and financial information on Trump. Both Trump and Russia deny these allegations.
- Relationship with the Media: A point of contention Trump seems to continuously run into is the media itself. Throughout the campaign, Trump’s press conferences have been terse between him and reporters. Online activity has not been more tepid either. This press conference as President-elect may set the future tone of how soon-to-be President Trump will interact with the reporting media.
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