If Putin Likes Me, That’s An Asset: Trump’s First Press Meet

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Washington: US President-elect Donald Trump says intelligence agencies will have a “tremendous blot on their record” if they leaked a report claiming top intelligence officials told him about an unsubstantiated report that Russia had about him.

Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer also calls a report, first published Tuesday by CNN, “outrageous” and “irresponsible.” A US official says top intelligence officials told Trump about an unsubstantiated report last week.

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A summary of the allegations was separate from a classified assessment of Russia’s suspected attempts to meddle in the U.S. presidential election. Trump and President Barack Obama were briefed on the intelligence community’s findings last week.

The dossier contains unproven information about close coordination between Trump’s inner circle and Russians about hacking into Democratic accounts as well as unproven claims about unusual sexual activities by Trump among other suggestions attributed to anonymous sources. The Associated Press has not authenticated any of the claims.

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Trump says on Twitter, in an apparent reference to reports Russia has compromising information on him, “Fake news – a total political witch hunt.”

Trump said that he has no dealings with or in Russia. He said, “No deals that could happen there.”

Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?’

Donald Trump plans to put all his business assets in a trust and hand control of his company to his two adult sons and a longtime business executive to allay concerns about conflicts of interest.

A lawyer who worked with the Trump Organization on the plan says Trump is planning to make the change by Inauguration Day, relinquish control over the Trump Organization and isolate himself from the business.

Trump attorney says no new foreign deals will be made during Trump’s presidency.

 

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