What to Expect in Trump's Morning News Conference

One topic is a sure bet: Russia
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2017 6:40 AM CST
President-elect Donald Trump listens to a question as he speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – It's a busy day in US politics, with the big item on the agenda being a Donald Trump news conference at 11am Eastern. Pretty much every preview has the same item as No. 1: Russia. Trump can expect a grilling about hacking claims and new, unsubstantiated allegations that Moscow has been collecting dirt on him. (Trump and Moscow have dismissed the sensational blackmail allegations as bogus.) Here's a look at what's ahead:

  • Politico has 13 questions for the president-elect, including whether anyone on his campaign had contact with the Kremlin in the runup to the election. Read all the questions here.

  • The Hill is curious about his demeanor. Will he be combative, or he will try to set a new tone with the media? Its "things to watch" preview is here.
  • Among NPR's questions: whether FBI chief James Comey will go. Read them all here.
  • Expect the fate of ObamaCare and Trump's appointment of son-in-law Jared Kushner to an advisory role to come up as well, predicts USA Today.
  • Multiple confirmation hearings also take place Wednesday, with secretary-of-state designee Rex Tillerson the big one. The New York Times previews that and the others here.
  • But as for Trump, the presser could be "a useful throat-clearing exercise for Mr. Trump to start trying out some of the themes of the presidency," one presidential historian tells CNN.
  • One group that will be watching closely is Wall Street investors, as CNBC explains.
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