Ms Yates is due to be replaced by Mr Trump’s nominee, Jeff Sessions.
In a letter to employees published by US media, she noted that the order had been challenged in court in a number of jurisdictions.
“My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is,” she wrote.
“I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.”
Ms Yates was the deputy attorney general under Loretta Lynch, when President Obama was in office. She became the acting attorney general once Ms Lynch left the position.
President Trump asked her to remain as head of the justice department in an acting capacity until his nominee was formally appointed.
He also has the authority to remove Ms Yates from her post.
Senator Jeff Sessions is awaiting confirmation from the Senate to take up the position.
Ms Yates’s remarks follow comments from ex-President Barack Obama that he was “heartened” by the level of engagement taking place across the country.
“Citizens exercising their constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake,” he said in a statement.
By convention, former presidents tend to leave the political fray and avoid commenting on their successors.
However, Mr Obama had earlier said that he might speak out after leaving office if he felt Mr Trump was threatening core American values.
Mr Trump’s order has been strongly criticised by rights groups
US President Donald Trump has signed a wide-ranging executive order, halting all refugee admissions and temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries. His decision has been sharply criticised by rights groups.
Here are some key points from the full textexplained.
What is happening?
A suspension of the US Refugee Admissions Programme for 120 days
An indefinite ban on Syrian refugees
A 90-day suspension on anyone arriving from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. Some visa categories, such as diplomats and the UN, are not included in the suspension
Priority will be given to religious minorities facing persecution in their countries. In an interview, Mr Trump singled out Christians in Syria
A cap of 50,000 refugees to be accepted in 2017, against a limit of 110,000 set by former President Barack Obama
A suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program, which allows consular officers to exempt some applicants from face-to-face interviews if they are seeking to renew their temporary visas within a year of expiry
All travellers who have nationality or dual nationality of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are not permitted to enter the US for 90 days, or be issued an immigrant or non-immigrant visa.
This includes those who share dual nationality with allied countries, including the UK, although Canada has been told its dual nationals are not affected.
The UK foreign office put out a statement saying that only those dual nationals travelling from one of the blacklisted seven countries would be subject to extra checks. It said those travelling between the UK and US would not be affected.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said US green-card holders – legal residents – would not be affected, although he admitted to NBC’s Meet the Press programme that they could be subject to greater questioning at airports.
How is it being implemented?
There has been a lot of confusion and uncertainty. A federal judge issued a temporary halt to the deportation of visa holders or refugees stranded at US airports, after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a case in response to Mr Trump’s executive order. The group estimated that between 100 and 200 people were being detained at airports or in transit. The administration put the figure at 109 people
Air passengers have been prevented from boarding US-bound flights. There were also reports of cabin crew who were barred from entering the country, but no figures were given
Despite claims that green card holders (US permanent residents) from the seven countries will not be affected, officials have indicated that those overseas at the time of the order will have to be assessed on a case-by-case basis before being allowed back into the US, and extra screening might be required. Lawyers and advocacy groups have been advising green card holders in the US to postpone plans to travel abroad
It is also not clear the impact the suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program would have on visa requests and consular services around the world. Experts said travellers might expect longer waiting times
American citizens travelling to the seven countries could be detained for questioning as well in the future, Mr Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, said. They are not included in the order, either.
Is it legal?
It appears not to be on the face of it. And the courts will certainly have to weigh some of the arguments of the parties.
But in 1965, the US Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Act which said that no person could be “discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the person’s race, sex, nationality, place of birth or place of residence”. So, the exclusion of all Syrians would be enough to challenge Mr Trump in court. The fact that they are all Muslim countries lends weight to the argument that the order is “anti-Muslim” – which Trump aides have been keen to dismiss.
Supporters of Mr Trump’s order mention the post-9/11 attacks and the ability of the administration to take measures to protect national security.
And they cite the president’s powers stemming from a 1952 law on “Inadmissible Aliens” to “suspend the entry” of “any class of aliens” that he finds are detrimental to the interest of the United States.
They also suggest that US presidents can set aside the 1965 law. The most cited example is that of President Jimmy Carter who barred some Iranians during the 1980 crisis over 52 Americans being held hostage in Tehran.
What did Trump say?
Mr Trump said the halt on the refugee programme was needed to give government agencies time to develop a stricter vetting system and ensure that visas were not issued to individuals posing a national security threat. Image captionMr Trump’s order has been strongly criticised by rights groups
Syrians applying for resettlement in the US were already subject to a complex process of background investigation and security screenings, in a process that could take between 18 to 24 months.
Mr Priebus said the seven countries had been included because Congress and the Obama administration had identified them as “the most watched countries harbouring terrorists”. Others could be added later, he said.
What do critics say?
Rights groups say Mr Trump’s order targets Muslims because of their faith and that they will legally challenge his move. They also say no refugees have been convicted of terrorism-related crimes.
They also say that the most recent attacks in the US were carried out by US nationals or citizens from the countries not included in the travel ban:
While announcing the plan, Mr Trump cited the attacks of 11 September 2001. But none of the 19 hijackers who committed the attacks came from countries included in the suspension. They were from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Lebanon.
Some have pointed out that the list does not include countries where President Trump has business interests – like Saudi Arabia – a suggestion dismissed by the president’s chief of staff as not related.
Immigration lawyers worked throughout Sunday at New York’s JFK Airport to secure the release of several people being held there, with some success.
Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered outside the White House to protest against the ban. Protests are also being held at several US airports, including Miami International, JFK, and Dulles International Airport outside Washington. Other protests are scheduled for Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa and West Palm Beach.
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The resignations put pressure on incoming Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
Top US diplomats in the State Department’s senior management team are leaving their posts during President Donald Trump’s first week on the job.
Their departure puts more pressure on the incoming Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is still awaiting confirmation by the Senate, to fill the crucial positions that keep the Department running smoothly.
They include the Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy, two assistant secretaries, Joyce Barr and Michele Bond, and Gentry Smith, who directs the office of foreign missions.
This quartet were among a number of senior employees at the State Department who had submitted resignations for their current posts, which were limited-term appointments, as is standard practice during a transition.
These four were career foreign service officers who’d had years of experience managing both the department and foreign missions, and they leave a void.
“It’s the single biggest simultaneous departure of institutional memory that anyone can remember, and that’s incredibly difficult to replicate,” a chief of staff for former Secretary of State John Kerry, David Wade, told the Washington Post.
It is not uncommon for senior officials to stay on for a while to smooth the transition to a new administration, or to be given other jobs within the foreign service. But it appears Mr Tillerson will be assembling a new team.
None of the departing officers has linked his or her exit to President Trump’s unorthodox positions on foreign policy issues.
And some were of retirement age, having spent upwards of 40 years in the foreign service.
“To be honest, where else do you go when you’ve been an assistant or under secretary,” said a senior US official.
The American Foreign Service Association, which represents the labour rights of foreign service officers, said there was nothing unusual about rotations and retirements during a change of administration.
But in a statement it noted that this “appears to be a large turnover in a short period of time.”
“The skills needed for these positions are exceedingly rare outside the Foreign Service,” it said.
“We expect that the new Secretary will have no trouble finding the right people at State to fill out senior leadership team,” it added, a strong suggestion that he’d be well advised to do so.
I am very sad about them and wish they were with me because we would play together by right now. I couldn’t play in Aleppo, it was the city of death.
Right now in Turkey, I can go out and enjoy. I can go to school although I didn’t yet. That is why peace is important for everyone including you.
However, millions of Syrian children are not like me right now and suffering in different parts of Syria. They are suffering because of adult people.
I know you will be the president of America, so can you please save the children and people of Syria? You must do something for the children of Syria because they are like your children and deserve peace like you.
If you promise me you will do something for the children of Syria, I am already your new friend.
I am looking forward to what you will do for the children of Syria.
Turkey, where Bana and her family now live, supports the Syrian opposition. But President Trump’s position is not yet clear.
The US president has repeatedly stressed his desire for a strong relationship with Russia, and endorsed Vladimir Putin – who supports Syria’s President Assad.
Donald Trump is guaranteed to make history as the 45th president of the United States.
And whether you love or loathe him, it’s a fact that the Republican will set a range of records as soon as he occupies the Oval Office.
From his age to his bank balance, via his notable lack of pets – here are just some of “The Donald’s” historic “firsts”.
1. Oldest incoming president
Donald Trump celebrated his 70th birthday on 14 June, which makes him the oldest man in US history to assume the presidency. The previous record-holder, Ronald Reagan, was 69 when he took office in 1981.
Perhaps keen to allay fears about his senior status, the business mogul had his doctor prepare a gushing letter pledging that he would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency”.
The average age of all 44 previous incoming presidents is a sprightly 55.
The youngest ever incumbent – Theodore Roosevelt – got the job aged 42 years and 322 days, after President William McKinley’s assassination in 1901.
2. The first billionaire president
Mr Trump is the first billionaire president. Exact estimates of his personal wealth vary, with Forbes putting it at $3.7bn (£3bn) and the man himself claiming in a statement that it’s “in excess of TEN BILLION DOLLARS”.
Many of America’s past presidents have also been extremely wealthy, of course. Recent estimates say George Washington’s estate would be worth half a billion in today’s dollars.
Before his 1963 assassination, JFK reportedly lived off a $10m trust fund thanks to the vast wealth of his father – investor and alleged bootlegger Joseph P Kennedy, Sr.
When Mr Trump began unveiling his cabinet picks, the number with fat wallets quickly drew the scorn of Democrats.
“Donald Trump’s administration: of, by and for the millionaires and billionaires,” tweeted Vermont Senator and Democrat presidential contender Bernie Sanders.
For better or worse, this will be the wealthiest administration in modern American history.
According to the Washington Post, commerce secretary nominee Wilbur Ross is worth around $2.5bn on his own – roughly 10 times what George W Bush’s first cabinet were worth in 2001, when the media branded them an assembly of millionaires.
Treasury appointee Steven Mnuchin quite literally bought a bank after 17 years at Goldman Sachs, and reports put his wealth at over $40m.
It has been estimated that the cabinet could be good for an eye-watering $35bn, all told. As Quartz pointed out, this is more than the annual gross domestic product of Bolivia.
4. Least experienced politically
Mr Trump’s triumph is also significant because, until now, no-one has been elected president in more than 60 years without experience as a state governor or in Congress.
The last president with no political experience, Dwight Eisenhower, was Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in World War Two, before he was elected to office in 1953.
But as Mr Trump tells it, his lack of links to the Washington establishment is an asset not a flaw – and more than made up for by his experience as a deal-maker.
John F Kennedy stands out for owning a veritable Noah’s Ark – everything from a rabbit named Zsa Zsa to a canary called Robin – but the crown belongs to Calvin and Grace Coolidge (White House occupants from 1923-1929), who the museum says “quite literally had a zoo”.
Their animal companions included at least a dozen dogs, a donkey named Ebenezer, and various creatures presented as gifts by foreign dignitaries – among them lion cubs, a wallaby, a pygmy hippo named Billy, and a black bear.
7. Most adamantly anti free-trade
Donald Trump won the presidency on a pro-job platform, and has blamed free-trade policies for the collapse of the US manufacturing industry.
This is a rare stance for a US president, probably last seen in his fellow Republican Herbert Hoover in the 1930s.
He said that as president, he would consider a 12% import tax to make the Chinese “stop playing games”.
During his election campaign, Mr Trump also threatened to rip up Nafta, the free trade agreement between Canada, the US and Mexico, which has been in place for 23 years.
He also vowed that the US would quit the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, a 12-nation agreement, on his first day in the White House.
8. The First Lady’s firsts
Former model Melania Trump is as trailblazing as her husband.
She will be the first presidential spouse from Slovenia, and the first non-native English speaker.
She is only the second FLOTUS born outside the US, though – the first being Louisa Adams, wife of the sixth US President, John Quincy Adams (1825-1829), who was born in London.
As Mr Trump has been married twice before, Melania will also be the first third wife to reside in the White House. The only other US president to have divorced was Ronald Reagan, who split from his first wife, actress Jane Wyman, long before leading the nation.
n, English, French, German, and Serbian, and may be the most competent linguist to hold the role of FLOTUS.
She is the first president’s wife to have posed nude, for GQ magazine in 2000 among others.
The oath is part of a ceremony marking the peaceful transition of power on the steps in front of the US Capitol.
The ceremony is then followed by a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue and later celebrated through a series of inaugural balls.
What is the schedule of events?
10:35am (15:35 GMT) A day-long public concert held at the Lincoln Memorial begins with performances by the DC Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, the Republican Hindu Coalition and high school marching bands
3:30pm (20:30 GMT) Mr Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to honour veterans
4pm (21:00 GMT) Mr Trump delivers remarks during the second half of Lincoln Memorial concert, where country stars Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood will perform
1. Trump leaves from Blair House on Friday morning 2. St John’s Episcopal Church for morning service 3. White House coffee with Obama 4. US Capitol for Oath of office and address 5. National Mall, where spectators watch parade 6. Trump will walk past his hotel as he leads the parade to his new home
Mr Trump attends service at St John’s Episcopal Church near the White House
Mr Trump and his wife, Melania, have morning tea with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The couples will then take a motorcade to the Capitol
9:30am (14:30 GMT) Inauguration ceremony begins with musical performances
11:30am (16:30 GMT) Opening remarks followed by Supreme Court Justice swearing in Mr Pence
Noon (17:00 GMT) Mr Trump will recite the oath of office, administered by Chief Justice Roberts. He will then deliver his inaugural address
3pm-5pm (20:00 – 22:00 GMT) Mr Trump and Mr Pence will embark on a 1.5 mile (2.4km) parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, which will likely be lined with supporters and protesters
7pm-11pm (00:00-04:00 GMT) Mr Trump and Mr Pence and their wives will attend three official inaugural balls
10am (15:00 GMT) Mr Trump and Mr Pence attend the interfaith National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral
10am (15:00 GMT) The Women’s March on Washington begins
Who is going to be there?
President Obama and the first lady will accompany Mr Trump in a motorcade to the US Capitol for the official ceremony, where they will be joined by members of Congress, politicians as well as supporters.
Former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, who lost to Mr Trump in November’s election, are expected to attend.
George W Bush and his wife, Laura, as well as Jimmy Carter have also confirmed they will attend the ceremony.
George HW Bush, who was in hospital for respiratory problems, wrote a letter to Mr Trump wishing him well and apologising for missing the event due to health concerns.
An estimated 800,000 to 900,000 people are expected to flood the nation’s capital on Friday for the inauguration, but it is unclear whether they will be there in celebration or protest, officials said.
President Barack Obama drew an estimated 1.8 million people to Washington when he took office eight years ago.
The “level of enthusiasm” and demand for hotel rooms has not reached that of previous inaugurations, according to Elliott Ferguson, president of Destination DC, the city’s convention and tourism bureau.
In fact, some hotels have reduced the minimum-night stay from four nights to two.
Other hotels are only 50% full, but higher-end hotels appeared to have more bookings, he added.
Who is not going?
More than 50 House Democrats are publicly refusing to attend the ceremony amid a feud between the newly elected president and the civil rights activist and congressman, John Lewis.
Mr Lewis is among the congressmen who will not be in attendance. Some lawmakers have said they will instead attend the Women’s March on Washington, a protest set to take place a day after the inauguration.
Several demonstrations both protesting and supporting Mr Trump will take place around the city over the weekend.
Most notably, the Women’s March on Washington is estimated to draw crowds of 200,000 people on 21 January.
It sets out to demonstrate for racial and gender equality, affordable healthcare, abortion rights and voting rights – issues perceived to be under threat from a Trump presidency.
The motorcycle group Bikers for Trump will also host a rally for the incoming president after the ceremony and before the inauguration parade.
Other protests include:
Anti-war and anti-nuclear weapons rally attended by former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein
#DisruptJ20 Festival of Resistance, organised by the DC Counter-Inaugural Welcoming Committee
#Trump420 march, hosted by marijuana advocates who plan to hand out 4,200 free joints (which is legal in Washington)
How is Mr Trump celebrating?
Mr Trump has enlisted the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Radio City Rockettes, country stars Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood, 3 Doors Down as well as America’s Got Talent contestant and singer Jackie Evancho to perform over the course of two days.
Actor Jon Voight will also be in attendance, but it is unclear if he will speak or sing.
Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan has warned US President-elect Donald Trump to avoid off-the-cuff remarks once he takes office.
He said spontaneity was not in the interests of national security.
Mr Trump is known for regularly making broad pronouncements on issues of national importance on his Twitter feed.
Mr Brennan also said that Mr Trump did not fully appreciate Russia’s capabilities or intentions.
“I think Mr Trump has to understand that absolving Russia of various actions that it’s taken in the past number of years is a road that he, I think, needs to be very, very careful about moving down,” he said.
Mr Trump is considered to have underplayed for months the conclusions of the intelligence community that Moscow hacked Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign. He only accepted them at a news conference on Wednesday.
Meanwhile both the Kremlin and Mr Trump’s team have denied reports in the Sunday Times newspaper that the two sides were planning a summit between Mr Trump and Mr Putin in the Icelandic capital Reykjavik.
Reykjavik was the venue for a summit in 1986 – near the end of the Cold War – between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, the then US and Soviet leaders.
Mr Brennan said “talking and tweeting” was not an option for Mr Trump, who takes office next Friday.
“Spontaneity is not something that protects national security interests and so therefore when he speaks or when he reacts, just make sure he understands that the implications and impact on the United States could be profound,” he said.
“It’s more than just about Mr Trump. It’s about the United States of America.”
The CIA director also took Mr Trump to task for accusing the intelligence services of leaking an unverified dossier which suggests Russian security officials have compromising material on him, which could make him vulnerable to blackmail.
“What I do find outrageous is equating the intelligence community with Nazi Germany,” he said, referring to a tweet by Mr Trump last Wednesday.
“There is no basis for Mr Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly.”
But Mr Trump responded with tweets quoting veteran Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, who told Fox News Sunday that the dossier should never have been presented at an intelligence briefing and that the intelligence services should apologise for their mistake.
The media should also apologise, Mr Trump added.
The president-elect has described the claims as “fake news” and “phoney stuff”.
Russia also denies the existence of the dossier and says allegations that it ran a hacking campaign to influence the elections are “reminiscent of a witch-hunt“.
Donald Trump used to regularly give press conferences. They were free-form events, bits of political performance art that dominated the news and helped the presidential hopeful dominate the day’s news
The last one came more than five months ago.
That was when Mr Trump urged Russia to hunt down Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails. Less than a week before – the day after he accepted the Republican presidential nomination – he went out of the way to belittle former Republican presidential opponent Ted Cruz, stepping all over his own post-convention bounce.
It wasn’t particularly surprising, then, that the Trump team decided to end the practice, despite the fact that they had spent months mocking Mrs Clinton for her own efforts to avoid media queries.
Candidate Trump would occasionally take questions in small media gaggles or offer one-on-one interviews – usually on Fox News – but the formal, free-for-all style press conferences were a thing of the past.
Now, nine days before his presidential inauguration, the Trump press conference is back – and it turns out he hasn’t lost a controversial step. Before getting into the give-and-take with reporters, however, Mr Trump explained why it had been so long.
“We stopped having them because we were getting a lot inaccurate news,” he said.
In other words, he was punishing the press for what he saw as unfair treatment. On Wednesday, instead of punishing the press with his absence, he would punish them with his presence.
Mr Trump made a fair amount of news in his press conference – on dealing with his sprawling business empire, his views on Russian hacking and his policy priorities – but the theatre of this press conference became a story in itself.
Just over a week from his inauguration, Mr Trump is still the same man he was on the campaign trail and on the reality show set. The Donald Trump on Wednesday is the Donald Trump who will govern the US, and the theatre of the event is something that will be a part of American lives for the next four years.
Here are a few of the key takeaways.
Beat the press
Mr Trump liked to focus on a key enemy or target of scorn in past press conferences, and Wednesday was no different. He arrived more than ready to air his latest round of grievances. Buzzfeed News – which posted an “intelligence dossier” full of unverified allegations against the president-elect – was a “failing pile of garbage” that is going to “suffer the consequences”.
CNN, which published a multi-sourced reported article about the intelligence briefing Mr Trump received based in part on that dossier, is “terrible” and trafficks in “fake news”. The president-elect verbally sparred with CNN reporter Jim Acosta, refusing to take his questions.
After the event wrapped up, Acosta said he was berated by Trump aide Omarosa Manigualt and told by incoming press secretary Sean Spicer that he would be banned from future press conferences if he argued with Mr Trump again.
It wasn’t all sticks for the president-elect, however. He had a few carrots for media organisations he said were treating him fairly when it came to the latest round of allegations, singling out the New York Times by name (although the Times also listed the sordid details of specific allegations against Mr Trump in one of its news stories).
“I have great respect for the news and great respect for freedom of the press and all of that,” Mr Trump said. “But I will tell you, there were some news organisations with all that was just said that were so professional, so incredibly professional, that I’ve just gone up a notch as to what I think of you.”
Mr Trump also took a few questions from oft-overlooked conservative outlets, such as One America News Network and Breitbart, the alt-right media empire until recently headed by senior Trump advisor Steve Bannon.
Reporter Matt Boyle asked Mr Trump what sort of reforms he might recommend for the media industry given the problems with “fake news”. It allowed the president-elect to take a few more swings at the mainstream press – criticising some of the reporters “sitting right in front of us”.
“They’re very, very dishonest people, but I think it’s just something we’re going to have to live with,” he said. “I guess the advantage I have is that I can speak back. When it happens to somebody that doesn’t have that kind of a megaphone, they can’t speak back, it’s a very sad thing. I’ve seen people destroyed.”
The peanut gallery
During the press conference, Mr Trump would deliver a sharp rebuke and be greeted with applause. Mr Trump would crack a joke followed by laughter. Mr Trump would ask a rhetorical question, and get a chorus of responses.
It was enough to make some viewers wonder whether the normally reserved reporters were throwing their lot in with the soon-to-be president.
In fact, the animated reactions were coming from Trump supporters, political staff and business employees who were crammed into the Trump Tower lobby along with journalists.
Given that Mr Trump seems to draw energy from a welcoming crowd, stacking a press conference with a friendly audience may not be a bad idea from a strategic standpoint. It made for an odd experience when juxtaposed with his sometimes aggressive press questioners – and will be even more peculiar if the practice is continued in the White House briefing room.
Trump the eccentric
Mr Trump says he’s “very much a germaphobe”.
When confronted by evidence of leaked intelligence, he conducted a mole-hunting investigation within his own organisation.
When he’s travelling abroad, he warns everyone with him to be on guard and watch for hidden cameras in hotels.
“In those rooms, you have cameras in the strangest places,” he said. “Cameras that are so small with modern technology, you can’t see them and you won’t know. You better be careful, or you’ll be watching yourself on nightly television.”
Part of the reason Mr Trump makes for such compelling viewing, is that when he goes off-script, there’s no telling where he’ll end up – and Wednesday was no different.
Another unusual characteristic of this press conference was that Mr Trump was preceded on the stage both by Spicer and Vice-President Mike Pence.
Spicer, who served as Republican National Committee spokesman before joining the Trump transition team, took his own swipes at the media, calling the Russian dossier reports “frankly outrageous and highly irresponsible”.
Mr Pence played the disappointed dad.
“You know, I have long been a supporter of a free and independent press, and I always will be,” he said. “But with freedom comes responsibility.”
Halfway through the press conference, Mr Trump handed the stage over to lawyer Sheri Dillon, who read details of Mr Trump’s efforts to avoid charges of conflict of interest from a prepared statement.
Then Mr Trump was back, ready to go a few more rounds with his press antagonists.