The Latest: Israel vows to work with Trump to undo Iran deal

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Posted: Dec 11, 2016 2:08 PM
The Latest: Israel vows to work with Trump to undo Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):

2 p.m.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling President-elect Donald Trump a strong supporter of Israel, and says he wants to work with Trump to undo the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration and other world powers.

"I know Donald Trump," Netanyahu told CBS's "60 Minutes" in an interview that will air Sunday night. "He feels very warmly about the Jewish state, about the Jewish people...there's no question about that."

Netanyahu said there are "various ways of undoing" the 2015 deal, in which Iran agreed to limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions on its oil industry and finances.

"I have about five things in my mind," Netanyahu said, declining to go into further detail.

Trump has been harshly critical of the nuclear deal, and Netanyahu tried to block it.

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12:30 p.m.

Donald Trump says he may — or may not — choose Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state.

The president-elect tweeted Sunday: "Whether I choose him or not for 'State'- Rex Tillerson, the Chairman & CEO of ExxonMobil, is a world class player and dealmaker. Stay tuned!"

Republicans and Democrats have national security concerns about Tillerson's ties to Russia. Exxon steadily expanded its Russian business on his watch even as its rivals faced expropriation and regulatory obstacles. In 2013, Putin bestowed a medal on Tillerson.

Concerns about Tillerson generated enough blowback Sunday to raise the prospect that his Senate confirmation could be tricky.

Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted: "Being a 'friend of Vladimir' is not an attribute I am hoping for from a #SecretaryOfState."

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12:05 p.m.

Sen. John McCain says the Senate Armed Services Committee will go to work "immediately" to investigate allegations that hackers directed by Russia tried to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.

The Arizona Republican told CBS' "Face The Nation" Sunday that the effort will be led by GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and a Democratic co-chair.

McCain also said ultimately he'd like the Senate to create a special committee to investigate the allegations. Such "select" committees take time to set up.

President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed the CIA's conclusion that Russia tried to drive his victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

McCain called Russian leader Vladimir Putin "a thug, and a murderer, and a killer, and a KGB agent."

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9:52 a.m.

President-elect Donald Trump's incoming chief of staff says it's "insane" to suggest that Russian hacking influenced the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

Reince Priebus said Sunday the Russians "didn't tell Hillary Clinton to ignore Wisconsin and Michigan."

Priebus, who will step down as chair of the Republican National Committee, told ABC's "This Week" that Clinton "ignored states that she shouldn't have, and Donald Trump was the change agent... Donald Trump won in an electoral landslide that had nothing to do with the Russians."

The CIA has concluded with "high confidence" that Russia sought to influence the U.S. election on behalf of the Republican.

Priebus said he supports further investigations. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers of both parties are calling for the issue to be examined.

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9:50 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden says Democrats didn't show enough respect to working class voters in last month's presidential election.

He says in an interview on CNN airing Sunday that some people have been left behind in the current economy and "we never got a chance to speak to it in this election and I think we paid a price for it."

Biden also is warning Democrats not to question the motives of many of those who voted for Trump: "These are good people man. These aren't racists. These aren't sexists."

Biden says Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's plans to help voters, citing free college education as an example, got drowned out because the bulk of the debate was about "females and/or his boorish behavior."

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9:25 a.m.

President-elect Donald Trump says he is "studying" the Paris climate agreement to reduce carbon emissions. But he doesn't want the agreement to put the U.S. "at a competitive disadvantage with other countries."

Trump says in an interview with "Fox News Sunday" that he's not trying to take a wrecking ball to President Barack Obama's legacy. He says, "I don't want to do that at all. I just want what's right."

Trump is pointing to lengthy wait times for permit approvals from the Environmental Protection Agency as something hurting job creation.

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9:25 a.m.

Sen. Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says it's important for a Trump administration to work closely with the intelligence community and "stop being naive" on Russia.

Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," the Democratic Maryland senator says Russia has attacked European institutions. Now, he says, it's trying to undermine America.

He said whether Russia was purposely trying to get Donald Trump elected is something that lawmakers need to investigate. Cardin says Russia is a bully and is controlled by a "corrupt regime."

Other senators, from the Senate Armed Services Committee, including GOP Sen. John McCain, said Sunday they too think the allegation should be examined.

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9:12 a.m.

President-elect Donald Trump is pushing back against charges that his businesses create a conflict of interest when he takes control of the White House, saying his "executives will run it with my children."

Trump tells "Fox News Sunday" that he will "have nothing to do with management."

Trump has said he will leave his businesses and is planning a news conference on Thursday to outline how he will separate himself. But his transition team has not yet said what the structure would look like.

Trump says in the interview that he turned down "seven deals with one big player" last week because he thought it could be "perceived as a conflict of interest."

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9:01 a.m.

Donald Trump says the CIA's conclusion that Russia interfered in the presidential election is "ridiculous" and being used by Democrats as "just another excuse" for his defeat of Hillary Clinton.

The President-elect tells "Fox News Sunday" that he doesn't necessarily oppose President Barack Obama's order for a review of campaign-season cyberattacks. But he adds that in any such effort "you should not just say 'Russia.' You should say other countries also, and maybe other individuals."

The Obama administration has said the review is not just about Russia or the election. The White House says the report will look at other election-year incidents, including 2008 and 2012 cyberattacks linked to Chinese hackers.

Trump has long said the culprit could be China or just a random hacker sitting on a couch. The CIA has concluded with "high confidence" that Russia sought to influence the U.S. election on behalf of the Republican.

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8:30 a.m.

The Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee are joining with Democrats in calling for an examination of reports that Russia interfered in the presidential election.

Chairman John McCain, incoming Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and others said in a joint statement Sunday that the CIA's report of Russia's efforts in the election "should alarm every American."

The leaders said they will push "to unify our colleagues around the goal of investigating and stopping the grave threats that cyberattacks conducted by foreign governments pose to our national security." Russia was the only country mentioned in the statement.

President Barack Obama ordered a full review of campaign-season cyberattacks to be completed before he leaves office. President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed the CIA's assessment that Russia powered his defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton.