Trump blasts ‘fake news’ on Russian dossier

By Garth Kant

WASHINGTON – Just before President-elect Donald Trump held his first news conference, incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer ripped a bizarre conspiracy theory pushed by U.S. intelligence agencies and the establishment media that appears to be falling apart by the hour.

Trump and his transition team delivered a pointed rebuttal Wednesday to accusations the campaign had contacts with Russian officials, and blasted two American media outlets for publishing the reports, saying they were unsubstantiated.

Trump said the report “should never have been written and never have been released,” before praising other news outlets and saying his estimation of them had gone up a notch.

“I do have to say and I must say that I want to thank a lot of the news organizations here today because they looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies,” Trump said. “But maybe the intelligence agencies which would be a tremendous blot on their record if they did that. A thing like that should never have been written, it should never have been had and it certainly should have never been released.”

Trump also said for the first time he believes Russia was behind hacking ahead of the election.

“I think it was Russia.”

Spicer was first up at the podium, blasting BuzzFeed News as a “left-wing blog” and condemning its “irresponsible” decision to publish the dossier.

“Before we start, I want to bring your attention to a few points on the report that was published in BuzzFeed last night. It is frankly outrageous and highly irresponsible left-wing blog that was openly hostile to the presidential campaign to drop highly salacious flat-out false information on the Internet just days before he takes the oath of office.”

Spicer accused BuzzFeed and CNN of engaging in “a sad and pathetic attempt to get clicks.”

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