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Tonight at Ten, Donald Trump uses his first news conference


since the election to attack America's intelligence agencies.


He responds with anger to claims that Russia has obtained


compromising information about him and his links with President Putin.


It didn't happen and it was gotten by opponents of ours.


And he turns his fire on America's intelligence agencies,


in effect accusing them of leaking the claims.


Released by, maybe the intelligence agencies, who knows?


But maybe the intelligence agencies, which would be a tremendous


blot on their record, if they in fact did that,


We'll have details of an eventful news conference, just nine days


before Donald Trump is sworn in as president.


Prime Minister, are you going to put more money into the NHS?


Theresa May is accused by Labour of being "in denial" about the scale


of the problems facing the NHS in England this winter.


Following the death of a seven-year-old in York,


a teenage girl has been charged with murder.


Into Smith! That is the record-breaking goal.


And Kelly Smith, Britain's first female professional


footballer, is to retire after a record-breaking career.


Coming up in Sportsday at 10:30pm BBC News, the second of the


League Cup semifinals and Southampton take an early lead in


the first leg against Liverpool on the south coast.


In his first formal news conference since being elected,


Donald Trump has rounded on America's intelligence agencies.


He's suggested they might have been responsible for reports that Russia


had gathered compromising information about him.


The president-elect denied that he was in any


way beholden to Russia, and he repeatedly criticised some


media organisations for spreading what he called "fake news".


With just nine days to go until Mr Trump becomes president,


our correspondent Ian Pannell reports from New York.


-- our diplomatic correspondent James Robbins has this report.


Donald Trump is nine days away from inauguration as president and


America's commander-in-chief but is passed to the White House is now


tangled in extraordinary controversy. What role might the


Kremlin under President Putin have played to help Mr Trump to undermine


Hillary Clinton and perhaps also to gather compromising material to use


against President, once he is in power -- president Trump. My friend


Annie President-elect of the United States of America, Donald Trump.


This afternoon, Donald Trump was blunt. The allegations against him


are totally untrue and designed to undermine him. It is all fake news.


It is phoney stuff. It didn't happen and it was gotten by opponents of


hours, as you know, because you reported it and so did many of the


other people. It was a group of opponents that got together, sick


people, and they put that together. So what could Moscow's role has


been? In shadowy work, both to promote Donald Trump and also gain a


hold over him. Here he is visiting the Russian capital in 2013, for the


Miss universe pageant, then co-owned by Mr Trump. The most lurid claim is


that he used the same hotel suite which President Obama had stayed in


for unusual acts involving sex workers, all of it allegedly


recorded by Russian spy cameras and microphones. I was in Russia years


ago with the Miss universe contest, which did very well, in the Moscow


area. It did very, very well. And I told many people, be careful because


you don't want to see yourself on television. Cameras all over the


place. And again, not just Russia, all over. Does anyone really believe


that story? I'm also very much of a germophobe by the way. The source


for the unproved claims is said to be a former British spy and ex-MI6


officer who was once based in Moscow. Today Dmitry Peskov, Putin


was back spokesman said the planes were pulp fiction and a clear


attempt to damage relations. Mr Trump says he is in no way


compromised by Vladimir Putin's preference for him as the next


president. Is Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not


a liability because we have a horrible relationship with Russia.


Russia can help us fight Isis which by the way, is number one tricky. I


don't know that I'm going to get along with Vladimir Putin. I hope I


do but there's a good chance I won't. And if I don't, do you


honestly believe that Hillary would be tougher on Putin done? Does


anyone in this room really believe that? Give me a break. The press


conference got mostly did when CNN, one news on the -- news organisation


which has cover the latest allegations extend to become tried


to put a question. No, not you, not you, your organisation's terrible.


Your organisation's terrible. Don't be... I'm not going to give you a


question. You are fake news. These papers are just some of the many


documents... Mr Trump also use the occasion to display some of the


legal documents turning his business over to his family. It is his


response to accusations of future conflicts of interest. But the


controversies surrounding Donald Trump and Russia are not going away.


Those who voted for him and those who rejected him all know his


presidency will be a stormy one. James Robbins, BBC News.


Our North America correspondent Paul Wood is in Washington.


This report today, Paul, that has caused so much of a rumpus and all


of these heated exchanges, what have you found out about it? Let's not


lose sight of the central allegation here which is that Donald Trump,


President-elect of the United States, is vulnerable to blackmail


by the Russians. That is such an extraordinary claim, so much depends


on the credibility of the author of this dossier. He has now been named


as Christopher Steele, a former MI6 agent who was in Moscow in the early


1990s. Speaking to one intelligence source, he has apparently -- is


apparently very highly regarded among his peers as competent and


trustworthy and that reputation, I think, is one of the main reasons


why what he said, the allegations he repeated from Russian security


officers, were taken so seriously by the American intelligence


institutions. I spoke to one intermediary, you can't speak to CIA


case officer 's directory but a message came back from the people


dealing with this file that they found it credible, that there was


more than one take, that there was an audio tape as well as a video


tape, that there were several times that these activities supposedly


took place and in more than one location, not just the Ritz-Carlton


in Moscow but ain't Petersburg as well. The fact that the CIA


apparently finds these allegations credible and credible enough to put


on President Obama's death is not then saying they believe the


allegations. They are just saying they are worthy of consideration.


One further thing, this former MI6 officer is not the only source. I


spoke to a retired spy last August, who said he had been told of the


existence of a blackmail tape by the head of an Eastern European


intelligence agency over the summer. We should stress in all of this,


these are just allegations and Mr Trump is literally correct when he


says they are unsubstantiated. Nevertheless, Americans are in the


incredible position, nine days before the inauguration, of having


to decide whether the President-elect is the Russian agent


of influence. Thank you for joining us.


As Donald Trump faced the media, his nominee for Secretary of State,


Rex Tillerson, was facing questions from a panel of senators


who are considering his suitability for the post.


Mr Tillerson said that Washington needed an open and frank dialogue


with Moscow about its national and global ambitions,


as our correspondent Aleem Maqbool reports.


Rex Tillerson was Donald Trump's surprise choice to be Secretary of


State. As he tried to convince Congress he is fit for the job, he


appeared to have a tougher line on Russia than the man who picked him.


Russia today poses a danger but it is not unpredictable in advancing


its own interest. It has invaded the Ukraine, including the taking of


Crimea and supported Syrian forces that brutally violates the laws of


war. But Rex Tillerson's background as chief executive of oil and gas


giant Exxon-Mobil involves extensive ties with Russia, even receiving the


country's medal of friendship from Vladimir Putin. Some politicians are


clearly not convinced he's really able to get tough on the Kremlin and


it finally showed. Is Vladimir Putin Walker and? I would not use that


term. Let me describe the situation in Aleppo and perhaps that will help


you reach that conclusion. Senator Marco Rubio went on to describe what


he called the targeting of civilians by Russian forces in Syria. You are


still not prepared to say that Vladimir Putin and his military have


violated the rules of war and have conducted war crimes in Aleppo?


Those are very, very serious charges to make and I would want to have


much more information before reaching a conclusion. There is so


much information out there. I find it discouraging, your inability to


cite that. And protesters dressed in KKK robes have disrupted proceedings


to confirm another of Donald Trump's pics. Would you raise your hand


please? Jeff Sessions is the man Donald Trump wants to be his


Attorney General, a man who in the 1980s was denied a judge ship over


claims of racial discrimination. I am not a racist. I'm not insensitive


to blacks. In his hearing, some of the leading black voices in Congress


laid out their concerns. He has demonstrated a total disregard for


the equal application of justice and protection of the law as it applies


to African-Americans and falls short on so many issues. It is still


likely that both Rex Tillerson and Jeff Sessions will be confirmed in


their respective posts. But it's also clear that in these choices


that lead, Donald Trump has not felt the need to reassure those Americans


who are concerned about his politics when it comes to Russia or race.


Aleem Maqbool, BBC News, Washington. With me now is our North America


editor, Jon Sopel. We have an incoming president of the


United States who is picking a fight, it seems, with his own


intelligence agencies. Even by the unusual standards of Donald Trump


that have become the new normal, this was something else. I mean,


these extraordinary swell of allegations about his business


conduct, bizarre allegations about his personal conduct, all this, nine


days before he takes the oath of office and becomes the president of


the United States of America and commander-in-chief. Of all the


diffuse claims, the thing that stood out for me from that news conference


was the clear breakdown in trust there has been between him and the


US intelligence services. He seemed to think that the word Vladimir


Putin and the Russians, he spoke more favourably about them than he


did about his own intelligence agencies. The CIA and the FBI are


charged with keeping Americans safe. To say it was highly unusual for


Donald Trump to take this kind of attitude was, to put it mildly. We


were repeatedly told that Trump, the strident campaign, which disappear


and we would have a new person, the presidential person would appear. On


today's evidence, what would you say? He was an orthodox as a


candidate and he is unorthodox as President-elect. There is absolutely


no reason to think that he's going to be any different when he takes


the oath of office on the 20th of January and moves into the White


House. He will carry on tweeting, picking fights, reacting very


quickly to provocation. And if you go onto the right-wing message


boards, they are not saying, "For goodness sake, President-elect, be


more presidential". They are loving it. And those people that absolutely


loathed Donald Trump during the campaign still feel deeply uneasy


about his presidency. The night after his election, he said he was


going to unite the United States of America but that still seems a very


long way off. Jon Sopel, there. Labour's Jeremy Corbyn has accused


Theresa May of being "in denial" about the scale of the problems


facing the NHS in He said the Prime Minister


was ignoring warnings from many senior doctors that extra funding


was urgently needed. Simon Stevens, the head


of the NHS in England, also told MPs that funding levels


were "challenging" and would get even more challenging in the months


ahead as our deputy political The health service needs


help and needs it now. Overworked, understaffed,


despite the extra doctors and nurses, resources always


stretched and at breaking Is this a winter crisis


as bad as any we've seen? Today, the blame, claim and


counterclaim reached a new pitch. REPORTER: Prime Minister,


are you going to put Theresa May came wrapped up


and ready for a row, ready to savage the British Red Cross for saying


the NHS faced a humanitarian crisis. To use that description


of a national health service... Which last year saw 2.5 million more


people treated in Accident and Emergency than six years ago,


was irresponsible and overblown. And critics seized


on this as complacency. I accept there have been a small


number of incidents, where the... Where, where unacceptable


practices have taken place. The Labour leader, fairly or not,


had an obvious target Earlier this week,


the Prime Minister said she wanted More people sharing hospital


corridors on trolleys. More people sharing waiting


areas at A departments. More people sharing in anxiety


created by this Government. Our NHS, Mr Speaker, is in crisis,


but the Prime Minister is in denial. Doctors, nurses, charities queued


like patients in A NHS England's boss added more


pressure with what sounded In the here and now,


there are very real pressures. Over the next three years, funding


is going to be highly constrained. In 2018-19, as I previously said


in October, real terms NHS spending per person in England is going to go


down, ten years after We all understand why that is,


but let's not pretend that that is not placing huge pressure


on the service. Here was a tabloid headline


about the NHS falling behind in Europe and a pointed reminder


to Theresa May. These were problems tougher


than those she was used to. We don't have, you know,


we can't change the age of Britain. It is quite different than say,


the criminal justice system. Talk of a winter health


crisis is as regular and predictable as winter itself,


but when has there been There's never enough cash,


but the squeeze is real and changing the way treatments are delivered


is a long-term project. After being catapulted


into Number Ten, the pressure is severe and outside Theresa May's


normal comfort zone. Fairly or not, the buck


stops with her. The growing pressure on the NHS


was underlined again today by the head of NHS Hospital Trusts


in England, who told MPs it was time to stop pretending the NHS


could afford to do everything He warned that the current


situation could not continue. Our health editor, Hugh Pym,


has more details. 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 counsel members specifically


have said to me that this There are patients


all over the hospital. We don't know where to put them


and they don't feel that they're able to provide the standard of care


that they've been trained to do. 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. A 15-year-old girl has appeared


before magistrates in York charged The teenager was remanded


into secure accommodation. Katie Rough was found with fatal


injuries in a field on the outskirts of York on Monday afternoon


as our correspondent, Some of Katie Rough's family left


court in tears this morning after listening to a brief outline


of the case against the 15-year-old The teenager, who can't be named


publicly because of her young age, said nothing during the brief


hearing, here at York The two charges are that on Monday


she murdered Katie Rough and that on the same day she had


with her in a public place Katie's headteacher says


she was "a kind and thoughtful Many more people have


been to leave flowers and messages where she was found


with fatal injuries. People are just shocked


that a seven-year-old My daughters were friends


with Katie and, you know, How difficult is it to talk


with your own children about what's Yes, it's a very hard thing


to deal with at the moment. The teenager accused of murdering


this little girl will appear before A brief look at some


of the day's other news stories. Rolf Harris has gone on trial


accused of indecently assaulting The 86-year-old former


entertainer denies the charges. He's appearing from


prison on a videolink. Volkswagen has agreed to pay more


than ?3 billion to settle the case over rigging emissions levels


in the United States. VW - which is the world's


second biggest carmaker - admitted in 2015 that it had


installed software in hundreds of thousands of diesel cars


in the US to cheat emissions tests. The BBC's Director General,


Tony Hall, has said the top online TV service


in the UK by 2020. He told staff it needed to make


the leap from a catch-up service to a "must-visit destination"


in its own right. One change might allow viewers


to watch an entire series on iPlayer Strong winds have caused disruption


in parts of Scotland The Forth Road Bridge has reopened,


it was closed all day A man has been charged


with dangerous driving. There was damage to property


and many homes lost power. Met Office yellow warnings


are in place for wind and snow across much of Scotland and Northern


Ireland. On the financial markets,


the FTSE index of 100 leading shares has continued its record-breaking


streak, closing at an all-time high During the day, the governor


of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, said that leaving the EU was no


longer the biggest risk to the UK's financial stability


because of action taken by the Bank. Our business editor,


Simon Jack, is here. Mr Carney admitting he's wrong?


Yeah. He changed his tune in a couple of ways. He conceded the


economy has performed better than he thought it would post-Brexit along


with other people. He thought he might upgrade his forecast for how


well it is going to do. Before the vote he said that Brexit was the


biggest risk to UK stability. This is about disruption. He said because


the rest of the European Union uses the UK as a wholesale bank, any


disruption in that relationship might be a bigger threat to their


stability than it is to the UK. He echoed calls for this transational


period we heard from finance chiefs that we need time after 2019 so


everyone can adjust. He took credit, he say I cut interest rates and put


money to the banks. If the weather has improved, partly down to me.


Good news for the financial markets where the FTSE is concerned?


Astonishing streak streak. For the tenth day in a row the FTSE 100


closed at an all-time high. It hadn't happened since the modern


index was put together in 1984. What Mark Carney got right is that


sterling would fall. It has sharply, particularly against the dollar by


19%. The FTSE 100 is stuffed full ofs companies that make most of


their money in dollars. As the pound falls the dollar earnings are worth


more in pound terms go up, therefore the share value goes up. Mr Trump


gets his way into this story well. A lot of people think his plans to


spend big, super charge growth in the US is good news for the global


economy and might bring back inflation. If we have inflation it


means everyone's favourite asset they have been buying over the


years, Government bonds, that pay little, are safe, the low returns


get eaten up by quickly by inflation. The right thing to do,


sell bonds, buy shares, therefore shares go up. That is what you've


seen. Thank you very much. Simon Jack there for us, our Business


Editor. Barack Obama delivered his final


farewell as President last night He listed his achievements


after eight years in the White House and he struck a sombre note


as he warned of threats to US democracy from inequality and racism


and derided many of the policies advocated by his


successor, Donald Trump. From Chicago, our correspondent,


Nick Bryant, sent this report. He's one of the most


gifted speakers ever to occupy the White House,


the poet laureate of his own presidency and he returned home


to Chicago to define, If I'd told you eight


years ago that America would reverse a great recession,


shut down Iran's nuclear weapons programme without firing a shot,


take out the mastermind of 9/11, you might have said our sights


were set a little too high. CROWD: Four more years!


Four more years! America's first black President


never wanted his time in office to be defined by race,


but the hope was he would do more After my election there


was talk of a post-racial America and such a vision,


however well intended, Race remains a potent and often


divisive force in our society. 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 Democracy can buckle


when it gives in to fear, that's why I reject discrimination


against Muslim Americans Seldom has there been such


a photogenic presidency, it's had the look of a black


Camelot, and the thank you to his wife, Michelle, left him


struggling to contain his emotions. You took on a role you didn't


ask for and you made it your own with grace and with grit


and with style and good humour. For a moment, the great wordsmith


rendered speechless. Then he ended with three famous


words that brought such hope, It was a presidency that began


with the mountain top experience of becoming the first black man


to live in a White House built by slaves, but it ended


in the valley with the knowledge that Donald Trump will try to


dismantle his signature achievements I just hope that President-elect


Trump take on some of these pointers and carry on the torch


of being a fair to all people. But I know that's going to take some


work, so we'll just wait on it. Barack Obama is a leader likely


to have the word "era" But the rise of Donald Trump


was partly a reaction to his presidency and not how he'd


scripted his finale. Kelly Smith, Britain's first female


professional footballer, is to retire from football


after an 18-year career in which she scored a record number


of goals for England and won the FA Cup on no fewer than five occasions


as our sports correspondent, For years, Kelly Smith made


the spectacular seem almost routine. COMMENTATOR: Through


for Kelly Smith. It's a great pass.


Kelly Smith! As Britain's first female


professional footballer, hers is a career that set


a benchmark and a career that I think I've had a very good


career at international At the age of 38, the body's


telling me that it needs to stop. The game's in a magnificent place


at the minute and it's good to step She made her England debut just days


after her 17th birthday and went on to win 117 caps and score


a record 46 goals for her country. The majority of her career


was spent at Arsenal, where she won the Champions League


and five FA Cups. COMMENTATOR: Trying


to play it to Smith! Her influence will be measured


in more than goals and titles. Current England captain,


Steph Houghton, described her as an, "inspiration" and "the country's


greatest female player." While England head coach,


Mark Sampson, said "defenders all over the world will be


celebrating her retirement." Her time playing in the US


was blighted by injuries, alcoholism and depression,


but she overcame those challenges to flourish


in the twilight of her career. Now she'll turn her


attention to coaching. I'd love to see how far I can


develop as a coach and obviously there are goals to manage Arsenal,


the club of my heart, Who knows where that will be,


but I'm just at the bottom Whatever obstacles she's


faced, Smith has always As one era ends, another


could be about to begin. Newsnight is coming up


on BBC Two, here's Emily. Tonight, Donald Trump lashes out


at those who publish unverified allegations as news,


is he right? And, we hear from the doctor


fired for questioning whether transgender children really


know their own minds.


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