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Trump declares war on the critical press

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12.01.2017

The more muddled the situation, the more important it is to take a step back and not lose sight of what's important. On Wednesday, the President-elect of the United States, Donald Trump, gave his first press conference in his capacity as leader. In a democracy, freedom of the press is something sacrosanct, and it is the journalist's role, as a representative of the people, to hold the people in power to account.

This is accomplished on the one hand through careful and thoughtful research, and on the other through dogged questioning, for example at a press conference.

This long-awaited press conference had already been delayed several times. In essence, it should have been about how the millionaire Trump will ensure that he will not use his presidential power to influence his business interests. This question is anything but trivial in the case of Trump, as it benefits him directly when, for example, politicians and lobbyists stay in hotels he owns.

Trump refused to answer a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta

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