Donald Trump came out of the gate suggesting that United States intelligence agencies might be behind the release of the “fake news” report alleging Trump and his staff’s dealings in Russia.
He said that some news agencies “looked at the nonsense that was released by – maybe the intelligence agencies… who knows, maybe the intelligence agencies, and that would be a tremendous blot on their record.”
BuzzFeed released, and CNN reported on an unsubstantiated and error-laden “report” supposedly released by the intelligence communities detailing several outrageous claims against Trump, including that the Russians have scandalous information to use against Trump.
Most of the news agencies were familiar with this so-called “dossier,” but never ran with it because it was full of errors and factual inaccuracies.
When BuzzFeed released the entire report yesterday, it spread like wildfire. While CNN ran with the allegations, most other news organizations condemned the release.
Trump said knowing now how most of the media rejected the allegations, he said he has more respect than ever for them.
Before Trump took the stage, Sean Spicer, Trump’s incoming press secretary, laid into the mainstream media right out of the gate.
He said the whole incident was “frankly outrageous and highly irresponsible for a left-wing blog [Buzzfeed]… to drop highly salacious… information on the internet just days before he takes office.”
He called Buzzfeed’s decision to publish the Russia report “a sad and pathetic attempt to get clicks”.
Mike Pence took the stage after Spicer, saying that the publication of the documents the result of “media bias and an attempt to demean the president-elect.”