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Trump talks conflicts of interest with NYTimes

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>> Donald Trump leaving his canceled, then un-canceled, meeting with the New York Times top brass and reporters, to a few cheers and a lot of boos, after a tense exchange between the President-elect and a news outlet that endorsed Hillary Clinton. Reuters correspondent Emily Flitter.>> This was the first real Q&A session he has had with multiple journalists since the election.
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It was exclusive to the New York Times, so you would stop short of calling it an actual press conference.>> During the on-the-record interview, Trump discussed foreign policy.>> Hail Trump!>> Disavowed the Alt-Right movement, and even softened his stance on man-made climate change.>> A lot of it's a hoax.
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>> Acknowledging there is quote some connectivity between humans and our warming planet, adding he'd keep an open mind about the climate change accords.>> That is a sharp contrast with what he said on the campaign trail, what he had said about the Paris Climate Accords. He once said that he thinks global warming is a hoax invented by the Chinese.
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>> But one of the most discussed topics was the question of how Trump will handle the conflicts of interest posed by his businesses, which include a hotel just blocks away from the White House, and his presidential duties. Trump's response, a president can't have a conflict of interest.>> I called Richard Painter.
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He was an associate White House counsel for George W Bush from 2005 to 2007. He said it's not true that presidents can't have conflicts of interest. Painter actually said that there was a connection between a statement like that and Richard Nixon's statement to the journalist David Frost after he resigned the presidency.
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>> When the President does it, that mean's that it is not illegal.>> Painter said, we don't wanna go down this road again. That language is taking us down a road toward Nixon.>> At the end of the meeting, Trump told what he has often called the failing New York Times that it was a world jewel, and that he hopes we can all get along.