U.S. President Donald Trump announces Alexander Acosta as his new nominee to lead theReuters

President Donald Trump on Thursday said reports in the U.S. media about his administration's relationship with Russia may make it difficult for him to strike a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin to ease tensions between Washington and Moscow.

"Putin probably assumes that he can't make a deal with me any more because politically it would be unpopular for a politician to make a deal," Trump said at a press conference,announcing his new nominee for labor secretary, Alexander Acosta.

Read thefull transcript of the press conference here.

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