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USA: Trump touts stock market milestone and avoids transition questions in short appearance01:14

USA: Trump touts stock market milestone and avoids transition questions in short appearance

United States, Washington DC
November 24, 2020 at 20:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump appeared in a surprise press conference in the White House on Tuesday to celebrate the American stock market breaking 30,000 points for the first time in history.

Reporters could be seen asking about the transition to Joe Biden's administration, but Trump left the news briefing after roughly a minute without addressing the matter or taking questions. It was the president's first appearance after his government begun the transition process on Monday, declaring Biden the apparent winner of the presidential election.

"I just want to congratulate everybody, the stock market Dow Jones Industrial Average just hit 30,000, which is the highest in history," the president said, stressing that the mark was a "sacred number."

"That's the ninth time since the beginning of 2020 and it's the 48th time that we've broken records during the Trump administration and I just want to congratulate all the people within the administration that worked so hard, and most importantly I want to congratulate the people of our country, because there are no people like you," he concluded, with vice-president Mike Pence standing behind him, before leaving the briefing.

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US President Donald Trump appeared in a surprise press conference in the White House on Tuesday to celebrate the American stock market breaking 30,000 points for the first time in history.

Reporters could be seen asking about the transition to Joe Biden's administration, but Trump left the news briefing after roughly a minute without addressing the matter or taking questions. It was the president's first appearance after his government begun the transition process on Monday, declaring Biden the apparent winner of the presidential election.

"I just want to congratulate everybody, the stock market Dow Jones Industrial Average just hit 30,000, which is the highest in history," the president said, stressing that the mark was a "sacred number."

"That's the ninth time since the beginning of 2020 and it's the 48th time that we've broken records during the Trump administration and I just want to congratulate all the people within the administration that worked so hard, and most importantly I want to congratulate the people of our country, because there are no people like you," he concluded, with vice-president Mike Pence standing behind him, before leaving the briefing.

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