US President-elect, Donald Trump has attacked the publishing of an alleged Russian report and stated that it was “something Nazi Germany would have done”.
Referring to the allegations in the dossier, the president-elect described himself as a “germophobe”.
“Does anyone really believe that story?” he said. “I’m also very much of a germophobe by the way, believe me.”
He said the publishing of the report had been done by “sick people” and suggested intelligence agencies had leaked it.
“I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out there,” he said.
He called the dossier that makes salacious claims about him “fake news” and “phony stuff”.
“I think it’s a disgrace … That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done,” the Republican said days ahead of his inauguration.
Mr Trump acknowledged that Russia likely hacked the Democratic National Committee and the emails of other top Democrats during the 2016 presidential election, but defended his goal of better ties with Moscow.
“If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability,” he said.
James Clapper, US Director of National Intelligence, said he spoke with Mr Trump on Wednesday evening to discuss the media leaks.
Mr Clapper said in a statement that he did not believe the US intelligence community leaked the private security document.
“I emphasised that this document is not a US Intelligence Community product and that I do not believe the leaks came from within the IC,” Mr Clapper said.
Trump later tweeted: “We had a great News Conference at Trump Tower today. A couple of FAKE NEWS organizations were there but the people truly get what’s going on.”
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