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Welcome back to Outside Source. These are some of our main stories.
Donald Trump is furious. He has been denying claims that Russian
intelligence as compromising information about him. In his first
press conference since becoming President-elect he said the claims
are entirely fake. That was the beginning of a statement in which he
attacked the news, attacked the agenda of the media and generally
pushed back very hard at suggestions the Russians might have anything on
him that he believes is true. His nominee for Secretary of State has
been before the Senate. This is Rex Tillotson. We look at what he has
been saying and target through in just a couple of minutes. In Outside
Source sport we talk about Fiji and their incredible victory at the Rio
Olympics. The country took them to gold has been talking to the BBC.
And as we have been through the programme, if you want to get in
touch, you can e-mail and get us on social media.
One fear has messaged and asked if we will talk about President Obama's
debate speech. We will play some part of that with the help of Nick
Donald Trump's press conference was in New York.
In Washington, the Senate has been holding confirmation hearings
for some of the nominees for the Trump administration.
Nearly all cabinet positions need Senate approval,
but rejections of major appointments are rare.
Senator Jeff Sessions is on his second day of questions.
Elaine Chao is nominated for Transport Secretary.
The focus though was on Rex Tillerson.
He is Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State.
He would have expected questions about Russia.
In his capacity as the head of Exxon Mobil, he's had
He was given Russia's highest award for non-citizens.
He told Senators that Russia poses a danger,
but he urged for cooperation on common interests,
calling for an 'open and frank dialogue'.
He was also asked about Russia hacking allegations.
Based on your knowledge of Russian leaders and Russian politics, do you
believe these activities could have happened without the knowledge and
consent of Vladimir Putin? I am not in a position to make that
determination. I know there is classified information. You have
engaged in significant business activities in Russia, so I am sure
you are aware that very few things happen without Vladimir Putin giving
his permission. Based on your views and experiences of Russian politics,
is it possible for something involving the States election to
have happened without Vladimir Putin knowing about it and authorising it?
I think that is a fair assumption. We will get into the detail in a
minute, but this is a man who has been hugely successful in business
but he has not been a politician or a diplomat, how can you measure his
performance? I think he came across with a very good knowledge of
international affairs and world leaders, which is how he had been
presented any way. He had a clear grasp of Russia and its strategy,
which would be expected because he has had close ties with the Kremlin
for years, so he knows the Russians well. That is something that many
senators will appreciate and he also showed a fair amount of knowledge of
other of the main hotspots. He spoke about China, wanting to cooperate
with China but taking a more muscular response to its building of
islands in the South China Sea. All things senators will be glad to
hear. There were questions about the transition between being a
businessman who is negotiating for his profit with international
bidders and representing American interests, which are much wider and
include things like values and the pursuit of democracy and good
governance and so on. He did talk about the importance of these
values. It is not clear whether he has met those concerns, but it is
something that was put to him. I just wanted to play another clip of
Mr Taylor said. Mr Tillerson was also
asked about Exxon mobil's I am not asking you on behalf of
ExxonMobil, I am asking you whether those allegations about your
knowledge of climate science and decision to fund and promote a view
contrary to its awareness of the science, whether those allegations
are true or false? The question would have to be put to ExxonMobil.
Do you lack the knowledge to answer my question or are you refusing? A
little of both. He is not being frank, Barbara?
He dodged the question and said he dodged the question. They are
talking about research ExxonMobil did that indicated the fossil feels
damaged the climate and they suppressed that information because
it hid their bottom line. They are being taken to court for it. I think
he was not the head of ExxonMobil at the time. He has acknowledged the
damage that fossil feels good to the climate. It has come out in support
of the Paris climate treaty and he said to the Senate rethink that he
felt action needed to be taken because the risk was high enough,
although he didn't say what the action was. Healing him down on this
particular issue, he clearly wasn't ready to publicly accept
responsibility for the earlier position of this company. Help me
out with the practicalities, how long do the hearings take and do
they have to be done before Inauguration Day? If the Senate says
OK, is that the end of the matter? The hearings take as long as it
takes for the senators on the committee could ask all their
questions. They will continue tomorrow. They don't have to be done
by Inauguration Day, but if they are not done then there is a delay in
the appointment of Cabinet members so that this a Dong of the new
administration being able to take on its responsibilities. We appreciate
you explain that. Speak to you soon. Let's break away from US politics
and talk about sport. One of the stories of last year's
Rio Olympics was the Fiji Rugby It was the first gold
medal the Pacific island Now their story has been
made into a documentary. It has been really tough. You get
knocked down twice or more times than you can count. Easy people with
their houses destroyed. Nothing left. They still had their TV on and
they are still cheering. Fijians consider the second to religion.
Sevens is the number one game. We prayed for the Fiji team. Every man
woman and child, they all know everything about the team because
they follow it so fanatically. We are so unpredictable to other teams.
You will be chasing shadows when we are on form.
The team had a British coach, Ben Ryan.
It has been an amazing journey and there are so many stories that
aren't in that movie. Literally daily therapy something there would
be a curve ball thrown at you. Such an amazing journey we have been on.
29.9% of the population would watching and the team does well and
we get by colleges when we do. Fireworks go on, fireworks are sent
off. They are so passionately loyal about the team. There is a registry.
The guys who wear the shirt are keen to not let anyone down. The village
feeling, the team is very tight and very close and it is like being in a
family. Genetically, they are just so gifted and so talented and so
humble that the pressure doesn't really affect the team. They will
rise to it. Kelly Smith is England's all-time
leading scorer and she's She scored 46 goals for England here
she is on why it's time to stop. It just feels like the time is right
now. I think I have had a very good career at international level and
club level, I have travelled the world. At the age of 38, the body is
telling me that it needs to stop. I have had if you injuries along the
way. It just feels like the time is right. The game is in a magnificent
place and it is good to step away at this time.
Let's pick up on this with Ollie Foster. She did struggle an
extraordinary shift in the game. She absolutely did. The success of the
women's game, not just in Britain but in the world, she will be in the
top 20 of all-time players for what she has done for the game. Her
success is even more remarkable because in the early days she played
in some very dark days. She battled alcoholism that was brought on by
some serious knee and leg injuries. She came through that, straightened
herself out. 125 goals for Arsenal during three spells at the team. She
won 20 trophies with Arsenal. She was the first English player to
become professional when she went and spent time in the US where the
women's game took off in the early days. She is going into coaching.
She was to stay in the game and that will benefit Arsenal who have given
her a full-time coaching job. Kelly Smith is certainly the greatest
player that the women's game has produced. She came through terrible
adversity in her early days but at the ticket she says the time has
come for her to stop. She was struggling with knee injuries and I
am sure she will be a great coach. She will be going to Arsenal, you
mentioned. And we compare the men's and women's game? To what degree is
the women's can expanding? Still expanding and not happy about that
comparison. They are on their own trajectory. In the English game they
have been mucking around with the schedule of the calendar. It is
going back to mimic the men's game. They tried super league, it didn't
quite work with calendar clashes and conflicts. They have this mini
league coming up in the spring before everything starts again with
the rest the world and the Wicker men's lake. The women's game doing
well. Crowds are growing, not as quickly as they would like, but it
is in a healthy state. One career comes to end,
this one doesn't seem He turns 50 next month and he's just
signed a contract extension with the Japanese football club
Yokohama FC. He made his pro debut
in 1987 in Brazil. That's when Lionel Messi
was born by the way. He did retire from international
football just the 17 years ago, Well, I was mentioning if you're in
Ireland was asking why we haven't mentioned President Obama. We are
going to talk about him and his farewell speech in just a few
minutes. There he is coming out to deliver it. We have a report on how
it went. The mounting pressure on the NHS has
been underlined by the head of NHS hospital trusts in England,
who's told MPs it's time to stop pretending the NHS can afford to do
everything with the money it's His was one of a number of stark
warnings today, as our If there's one story which sums up
the current state of the NHS, it's Pat's, she couldn't get a local
doctors visit and fearing she had pneumonia had
to go to her local A, but once she got there she had
to wait 19-hours for a bed. I were crying, weren't I,
when we are were sat Through tiredness of, you know,
being there as long as we were. Pat has this message
for politicians. There's loads of hospitals that's
in the same position - go and see them and then say -
right, we'll sit down and see The local Hospital Trust said
on the day in question the pressure was higher than usual,
but safety was monitored closely. Some hospitals are managing
better than others. Here in Exeter, senior consultants
are at the front door of A, ensuring only the sickest
patients are admitted. They can send some straight home,
keeping beds free for others. As soon as you admit an elderly
patient to hospital, there's a risk that they are going to deteriorate,
they're going to lose muscle power and also they might get
into the system of doing more and more investigations
which actually doesn't necessarily There's no doubt of the huge
strain on the NHS. Figures leaked to the BBC showed
a big increase last week in the number of patients in England
waiting 12-hours or more on trolleys because hospital
beds weren't available. Several hospitals fell far short
of targets for A waiting times, and medical profession leaders
are warning that lives are at risk. Our council members specifically
have said to me that this The main representative
of England's hospitals had a stark warning for MPs
about the longer term implications. I think the biggest concern is,
to be frank, if we carry on on the current trajectory,
I think what we begin to bring into question is the entire
sustainability of the NHS model. The NHS is always very busy
early in the new year, The question is - will the pressure
ease off any time soon? A burst of cold weather or,
for example, an upsurge in flu cases could add to the high levels
of pressure being Some say the NHS is in perpetual
winter, with patient demand Today's problems
could yet intensify. Our lead story is that of Donald
Trump has given his first press conference as President-elect to
questions on a range of subjects. Central to his message was a
rejection of the idea that Russian intelligence holds any compromising
information on him that would allow them to blackmail him. He said it
was fake news. If you are outside of the UK it is would his American
next. It will have a story of a painter he made a single image for
every day President Obama was in office. That up to nearly 3000
paintings. Here in the UK it is the news at ten next. We will have more
on the financial markets and the story we were talking about, the
FTSE 100 continuing its record-breaking streak.
Here is a tweet from the account used by President Obama. He said
that last as is the same as the first, believe that in my ability to
change, but in yours. If you were watching this time yesterday we were
looking forward to his farewell address.
He is one of the most gifted speakers ever
The poet laureate of his own presidency.
And his farewell words were uttered in his adopted city of Chicago,
where he worked as a community organiser where he celebrated
He came here to define and defend his legacy.
If I told you eight years ago that America would reverse
Shut down Iran's nuclear weapons programme without firing a shot...
Take out the mastermind of 9/11, you might have said that our
There were no direct attacks on Donald Trump,
but much of the speech read like a rebuttal to the
billionaire's campaign to the President-elect's Twitter feed.
Democracy can buckle when it gets into fear.
That is why I rejected discrimination against
APPLAUSE CHEERING Who are just as patriotic as we are.
Seldom has there been such a photogenic presidency.
It has had the luck of a black Camelot, and the thank
you to his wife Michelle left him struggling to contain his emotions.
You took on a roll that you did not ask for.
The great wordsmith rendered speechless,
And, he ended with three famous words which brought such hope that
It was a presidency which began with a mountaintop experience
of becoming the first black man to live in a White House
But it ended in the valley, with the knowledge that Donald Trump
will try to strangle his signature achievements, and tried
I just hope that President-elect Trump will take on some
of his pointers and carry the torch of being fair to all people.
But I know that will take some work, so we will wait on it.
Barack Obama is a leader who will have the word "era"
attached to his name, but some will see it as a great
That the name "Trump" now looms so large.
You can see clips from the speech and Donald Trump's press conference
they are on the BBC website. The winter freeze in Europe is
hitting migrants particularly hard. In Greece, temperatures plummeted
to freezing levels not seen since the 1960s,
with rare snow falling The BBC's Howard Johnson has
travelled to a refugee camp Now, there's not water,
nothing inside. I have just arrived
at the Malakasa refugee camp. There is an impromptu demonstration
here against the conditions We would have a look
inside ourselves, but we Apparently there is a blanket
ban on media filming The containers, they didn't have
a door, they didn't have windows. It's not like people didn't
know winter was coming. You know, just like
clockwork, winter hits. In this particular camp,
the only winterisation that has been done as far as infrastructure has
been done by us. The first floor, so we could move
the family is in from the tent. And, basically, none of the large
organisations could manage to do Girls and boys fighting
with the snow. We've time just before we go
to bring you some of the key moments earlier today
in President-elect Trump's first There was a time when it was assumed
he made changes ways. There is an assumption that when he was the
nominee that if you were to win the election he might approach matters
in a different way. It is becoming very clear that Donald Trump is very
much the same month we have always seen.
I think it is a disgrace and I say that and that is something that Nazi
Germany would have done and did do. It is a disgrace that information
that was false and fake and never happened but released to the public.
If Putin likes of Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a
liability, because we have a horrible relationship with Russia.
Russia can help us fight Islamic State. As far as mothers feed, which
is a Philip Ryan of garbage, I think they will suffer the consequences.
As far as CNN going out of their way to build up. Quiet. Quite. She is
asking a question. Don't be rude. Don't be rude. I am not going to
give you a question. You are fake news. Trump becomes president on
January 20. I will see tomorrow at the same