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Donald Trump denies seeking security clearances for children

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa. Trump is scheduled to go on trial this month in a class-action lawsuit against him and his now-defunct Trump University, potentially taking the witness stand weeks before his inauguration as president of the United States. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the Indiana-born jurist who was accused of bias by Trump during the campaign for his Mexican heritage, will hold a hearing Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, on jury instructions and what evidence to allow at trial. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)
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President-elect Donald Trump.

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to deny news reports that he is trying to get security clearances for his children and son-in-law, and he later continued his attacks against The New York Times.

President-elect Trump also criticized the Times over its coverage of his transition:

Trump has previously threatened to “open up our libel laws” to make it easier to sue news organizations.

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The comments about the press reports come after Trump broke protocol again when he went out to dinner without the press corps. He had broken a long-standing practice last week in refusing to allow a group of journalists to travel with him when he met with President Barack Obama at the White House.

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The president-elect also engaged in a Twitter war with The New York Times on Sunday, and blamed the media last week for inciting “professional protesters” as tensions continued to flare across the country after he won the Electoral College.

His former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, told the “Today” show Tuesday she was “not intimately aware” that such a move was underway.

Reports emerged late Monday that Trump’s transition team was looking into security clearances for his three older children, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump, as well as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

He and his surrogates have said the children would be in charge of running his businesses while he was president.

Nicole Hernandez can be reached at nicole.hernandez@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @NRHSJax.