Donald Trump backtracks on climate change and Paris Agreement

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President-elect Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he leaves the New York Times building following a meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in New York. However, it appears that Trump was given bad information by his staff - New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said sources named incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

Asked about a meeting of white supremacists in Washington over the weekend, Trump said "of course ..."

He in an interview that he thinks there is "some connectivity" between human activity and global warming, despite previously describing climate change as a hoax.

Trump said he didn't intend to prosecute his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, over her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, countering his campaign rhetoric.

"I have an open mind to it" and that clean air and "crystal clear water" were vitally important, Trump said.

"The law's totally on my side", he told New York Times journalists at an on-the-record meeting.

- On pursuing criminal charges against the Clintons.

"I'd assumed that you'd have to set up some type of trust or whatever and you don't". Sympathetically, he said, "She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways".

Trump opened the discussion with a list of grievances about the newspaper's coverage of him, though he couched it in terms of wanting to improve the relationship. He ended it with a polite sit-down with the New York Times where he called the daily a world jewel. "I have tremendous respect".

Post-Election: "It's just not something that I feel very strongly about.think it would be very, very divisive for the country".

US President-elect has moved to disavow the alt-right amid continued controversy over the loose-knit fringe group.

I really am offended, one of them was quoted as saying.

He finally addressed his many white supremacy supporters by stating, "I'm not looking to energize them".

The president-elect also reversed himself on some controversial campaign positions Tuesday.

"I don't think so, Dean", Trump said in response to a question from Baquet about if he has "energized" the alt-right. "There's never been a case like this", Trump said.

Trump, however, has repeatedly said the agreement is bad for US businesses and has promised to cancel the agreement as well as stop all USA payments to global warming programs.

Trump also rejected allegations that Bannon, who was CEO of the conservative Breitbart News site, was racist and an ally of the alt-right.

According to the live tweets from Times staffers, Mr. Trump spent four minutes telling the journalists how badly they'd treated him.

Trump has remained hard to pin down when it comes how he'll handle his many business dealings to avoid potential conflicts of interest - and whether he sees the need to at all.

"The president of the USA is allowed to have whatever conflicts he or she wants, but I don't want to do that", he said, adding that Kushner, an observant Jew, "could be very helpful" in reconciling the longstanding dispute between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Kaplan noted that Trump's hand is helped by a deepening distrust of the news media by the U.S. public, but claimed that should not be a reason to change coverage of the White House.

When asked whether House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans in Congress would consider his trillion-dollar infrastructure plan, Trump boasted he was popular with the party's leaders on Capitol Hill.



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