President-elect Donald Trump announced on Twitter late Tuesday that he will hold a news conference in New York next week.
The Jan. 11 event will come only nine days before the part-time Palm Beach resident is sworn in as the nation’s 45th president — and more than five months after Trump’s last formal news conference.
(While Trump hasn’t held a traditional news conference, he has answered queries from The Palm Beach Post and has briefly taken some questions from reporters amid transition meetings in New York and Palm Beach.)
Trump’s July 27 news conference at his golf resort in Doral came as intelligence sources were blaming Russia for hacking Democratic National Committee emails. Russia came up repeatedly in that hour-long question-and-answer session. The hacked emails showed DNC staff favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential race and led DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign on the eve of the party’s convention in Philadelphia.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens,” Trump said at the time, referring to emails Clinton had deleted from the homebrew server she used while she secretary of state.
Critics accused Trump of inviting a foreign power to hack a political rival. Trump said he was being sarcastic. Wasserman Schultz the next day called Trump’s remarks “treasonous.”
Russian hacking is likely to be a big topic next week as well. While U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russia was behind the theft of emails from the DNC and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, Trump has repeatedly derided U.S. intelligence.
“These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” Trump said last month.
After President Barack Obama accused Russia of meddling in the U.S. election and announced sanctions last week, Trump said: “It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation.”
On Tuesday night, Trump seemed to mock the intelligence officials who will be briefing him.
“The ‘Intelligence’ briefing on so-called ‘Russian hacking’ was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!” Trump said on his Twitter account. NBC News reported that intelligence sources said the briefing was always scheduled for Friday.