Trump Concedes Russian Meddling in Election
U.S.-President-elect Donald Trump acknowledged Wednesday that Russia meddled in the November election, but said that if Russian President Vladimir Putin likes him, he considers that "an asset, not a liability."
In his first news conference in nearly six months, Trump said in New York that even if Putin supported his candidacy over that of Democrat Hillary Clinton he will be tougher in dealing with the Russian leader on the world stage than she would have been.
He denied having any financial interest in Russia.
Asked about election-related computer hacking which U.S. intelligence officials believe to have been authorized by Putin, Trump said, "He shouldn't have done it."
While acknowledging Russia's role in that hacking, the president-elect denounced news reports published Tuesday about a dossier containing allegations that Russia compiled tawdry personal information to compromise him, and that his campaign officials colluded with Russian intelligence.
Standing in front of 10 U.S. flags and facing 250 journalists, Trump also released plans to separate himself from his sprawling business empire so as to avoid a conflict of interest once in office.
Trump Urged to Make North Korean Human Rights a Priority
The incoming U.S. government should make North Korean human rights a key part of its policy towards the communist country, a senior U.S. official says.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski told VOA on Wednesday he expects bipartisan support for the North Korean human rights issue during the Donald Trump administration.
“My advice is that any long-term solution to the security issues that have troubled us, coming from North Korea for many, many years, is not likely to come until the North Korean people have the power to shape the future of their country,” Malinowski said.
Speaking shortly after the announcement of new sanctions on North Korean officials and government entities for human rights violations, the official said Washington is trying to send a clear message to those engaging in human rights abuses that “there's a price to be paid.”
On Wednesday, the U.S. sanctioned seven North Korean individuals, including Kim Yo Jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister.