Trump accuses U.S. spy agencies of Nazi practices over ‘phony’ Russia dossier

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump looks out from inside an elevator after appearing with Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma after their meeting at Trump Tower in New York, U.S.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump looks out from inside an elevator after appearing with Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma after their meeting at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., January 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar

January 12, 2017

By Ayesha Rascoe

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President-elect Donald Trump escalated a fight with U.S. spy agencies on Wednesday, just nine days before he takes over their command as president, and accused them of practices reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

The Republican said leaks from the intelligence community led to some U.S. media outlets reporting unsubstantiated claims that he was caught in a compromising position in Russia.

“I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out. I think it’s a disgrace, and I say that … that’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do,” Trump told a news conference in New York.

Trump acknowledged for the first time that Russia likely hacked the Democratic National Committee and the emails of top Democrats during the 2016 presidential election. “I think it was Russia,” he said, pointing out that other countries were also hacking the United States.

Trump’s comments about spy agencies such as the CIA are likely to intensify tensions between the intelligence community and the president-elect, who initially disparaged its conclusion that a Russian hacking campaign was aimed at boosting his candidacy against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, called a dossier that makes salacious claims about him in Russia “fake news” and “phony stuff.”

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he spoke with Trump on Wednesday evening and told the president-elect he did not believe the media leaks came from the intelligence community.

“I expressed my profound dismay at the leaks that have been appearing in the press, and we both agreed that they are extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security,” Clapper said in a statement.

He defended including the dossier in the intelligence report Trump received on Friday, saying “part of our obligation is to ensure that policymakers are provided with the fullest possible picture of any matters that might affect national security.”

Clapper said he emphasized to Trump that the dossier was not produced by the U.S. intelligence community and intelligence officials have not judged whether the information is reliable.

MEMO AND REPORTS

Two U.S. officials said the allegations about Trump, which one called “unsubstantiated,” were contained in a two-page memo appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election that was presented last week to Trump and to President Barack Obama.

Trump said, without offering evidence, that the news he had been briefed on the memo “was released by maybe the (U.S.) intelligence agencies. Who knows? But maybe the intelligence agencies which would be a tremendous blot on their record if they in fact did that.”

CNN reported on Tuesday about the existence of the memo. BuzzFeed published a fuller 35-page document produced by Christopher Steele, a former British foreign intelligence official, that outlined the allegations of compromising behavior by Trump and alleged links between him and people in Russia.

The claims were included in opposition research reports that were made available to Democrats and U.S. officials last year.

One U.S. official said investigators had so far been unable to confirm material about Trump’s financial and personal entanglements with Russian businessmen and others whom U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded are Russian intelligence officers or working on behalf of Russian intelligence.

Some material in Steele’s reports has proved to be erroneous, the U.S. official said.

In the news conference, Trump declined to answer whether anyone connected to him or the campaign had contact with Moscow during the presidential campaign, and said he had no loans or business deals with Russia.

He defended his goal of better ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability,” he said.

The New York real estate developer complained about leaks from meetings he has with intelligence agencies and suggested they were to blame.

“I have many meetings with intelligence. And every time I meet, people are reading about it. Somebody’s leaking it out,” he said.

PROTESTS, CHEERS

The long-awaited news conference was a freewheeling affair, with Trump aides cheering from the sidelines at one point and the president-elect angrily refusing to take questions from a CNN reporter.

Outside, about a dozen protesters gathered behind a police barricade across the street from Trump Tower, holding signs with the slogans “Dump Trump” and “Allegiance To America Not Russia” as Fifth Avenue traffic streamed by.

It was Trump’s first news conference in about six months and about 250 reporters jammed into the lobby at his Manhattan offices.

Questions extended to many issues that will face him when he takes office. He vowed to soon begin negotiations with Mexico on building a border wall and said he will nominate a Supreme Court justice to fill the seat left by the death of conservative Antonin Scalia within two weeks of taking office.

He also said he would offer a plan to repeal and replace Obama’s signature health care law once his choice for health and human services, Tom Price, is confirmed by the Senate.

Trump gestured to large stacks of manila folders as he described how he will separate himself from his global business operations, which includes hotels and golf courses as well as assets like a winery and modeling agency, to avoid conflicts of interest once he takes office.

He also talked about how he plans to bring manufacturing jobs back from overseas plants, slamming drug companies for “getting away with murder” on pricing.

U.S. stocks slipped to session lows, before recovering ground, as healthcare stocks took a beating following Trump’s comments on drug pricing.

(Additional reporting by Jeff Mason, David Alexander, Jonathan Landay, Yara Bayoumy, Warren Strobel, Eric Beech, Dustin Volz and John Walcott in Washington and Jonathan Allen and Melissa Fares in New York; Writing by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Alistair Bell and Paul Tait)

  • Native Born American

    President Trump please drain the swamp.
    Start with all political appointees.
    Continue with all Senior Executive Service employees, another form of middle management.
    Don’t stop with middle managers, why is a supervisor for every 3 employees necessary?
    And reduce government employees by 50%, currently layer upon layer of unnecessary positions filled with entitled leftists receiving high paying welfare.
    Most federal agencies have 2 employees for every position. Laziness and abuse are rampant throughout the entire government.
    Clean out the leftists deadwood and make it easier to remove them from employment. A visit to any SSA office is a good place to start.

  • john dough

    unjoin

  • john dough

    Time too weed the garden

  • john dough

    why does my avatar not show correctly

  • john dough

    unsubstantiated Boo

  • Linnie

    It is a hilarious & stupid liberal article. Liberals on Trump, he shoood prove “fake news is fake” aka prove a negative, which can’t happen. When it was Hillary with loads of circumstantial evidence, it was “prove it”. Do you think that one “false story” for a liberal would be reported, not?

    I stand with Trump screw the Press. He will get his views out without you!

  • Deplorable Jules

    There’s hope that those of us here can’t be the only ones in America who recognize the smoke and mirrors games and are unphased by the latest Marxist propagandist attempts to create doubt and confusion for the sole purpose of regaining control. The more afraid the Cabal becomes the worse it will get. This is just the beginning.

  • A marcus Young

    This reminds me of the fake Document Dan Rather “published” (and subsequently lost his job).

  • sanman99

    Yep Obama has one heck of a legacy- 20trillion
    in debt, BIacks against everyone, welfare doubled, sanctuary cities, illegal
    immigration flooding our Country and draining resources, violent crime rising
    everywhere, Sharpton, Jackson, BLM and alike have spent more time in the White
    House than any legitimate American. Obama YOU suck!!!!

  • sanman99

    Mr. Trump, THANK YOU!!!!

  • tedlv

    Is a politician required to provide evidence during a press conference? Come on, Reuters!

  • ShadrachSmith

    Unbundle Cable News. Trump has 4/5 seats on the FCC come spring. Unbundle cable news and cut CNN’s revenue.

    • All American

      YES🇺🇸

    • A marcus Young

      genius!

    • badass

      NO MORE CNN seat….please.

  • SpfldJimbo1

    The “swamp” that needs cleaning…just got bigger, as PEOTUS Trump so shrewdly discovered. As one poster so perfectly described it…”While our intelligence briefers were playing checkers, Trump was playing three-dimensional chess”.

  • Lusael Merlin

    I wonder how many are Muslim Brotherhood

  • ShadrachSmith

    Congratulations on the front row seat, and the question. You earned it. Just added you to my favorites today.

  • All American

    The entire current administration is a total disgrace to all Americans! They have humiliated America in front of the entire world. Their misinformation, deception and misrepresentation. This is because Obama hates American values. He professes to follow Saul Alinsky and George Soros.
    This is a man that listened to Jeremiah Wright condemnation of our country for 20 years and now that isn’t a cake walk! I pray that our country will be able to recover from what the Obama administration has done to America!
    Everyone that I know is boycotting all movie theaters and movie rentals on tv. We are also totally boycotting all bias media networks, magazines and newspapers. If all American Patriots do this the evil ones will eventually collapse due to their loss but we must stick together just like Rosa Parks taught us!
    This needs to end…

    • badass

      CNN is nothing but a trash bag, think about it provided Hillary with debate question…up to this moment, they didn’t find out who did it….it’s a trash news organization.
      BTW, i didn’t watch those trash for a long time….!

    • Ty

      Well said. It is of vital importance for patriots to use their economic hammer and boycott the liberal forces.

  • matt

    the so called reporter or author of this article should be remembered as an IDIOT.

    ” accused them of practices reminiscent of Nazi Germany.”

    This is the type of reporting that Pres Trump is talking about.

    He NEVER said this, but the Crappy reporter and editor from Reuters want you to click and read a LIE and claim this as news.

    Reuters is turning into crap hack C-list internet news, and shouldn’t be given any creditably
    WE DEMAND TRUTH HONESTY AND FACTS from our News reporting
    Everyone should write a complain to Reuters about this and anyone who uses Reuters as a source for there News.
    OAN rethink Reuters as a choice for your news, the reporters lie and twist the truth and the editors for facts and honesty are NON existent

  • Glenda Hammer

    We know who’s behind all of the lies being told on Trump, ever since he won the Presidential election on November 8th. Between the Democrats and liar Obama, it will stay this way until January 20th, when Trump finally drains the swamp. We’re smart enough to know the truth.
    Obama needs to go away, because he’s trying to start a war with Russia.

    • tedlv

      No, the mentally ill liberals won’t quit for another 20 years or so.

  • Widl Man

    Good for you President Trump!

    • badass

      TRUMP 2020….

  • Dave Chandler
  • Dave Chandler

    Reuters is OAN. Don’t drink the koolaide

    • FM

      Dave: I’m trying to find Reuters in the ownership. All I can find is that OAN is owned by an independent family business (Herring Networks of San Diego). Can you help me?

      • Dave Chandler

        It is. I contacted them. They don’t have enough correspondents to write thier own news yet so if you look at each article you will see in parentheses(Reuters). That’s who they are pasting. They admit it’s left but for now it’s what they choose. I would think if enough here contact them they would find another source. Reuters is fake news. In the right column there are some articules that are written by an OAN correspondent. You have to look at the beginning to determine what agency is cited. If it’s Reuters then avoid. OAN read on.

        • FM

          Thank you for this information. It’s very much appreciated. I agree with you on Reuters; that’s why I was concerned.

      • All American

        Reuters is American Press aka AP

        • FM

          Thank you.

  • Michele Davis

    The dossier was a 4chan prank on Buzzfeed, and it was later regurgitated by CNN as real (fake) news. The rest of the world has already figured this out. It’ll take a few days for the news outlets to catch up to reality and sweep the whole mess under the rug.

    • tedlv

      Yet the idiot trolls will dwell on it for months, if not years.

  • Houtex77

    Are these the same intelligence agencies that told Hillary that Benghazi was the result of a You Tube video?

    • Thoth

      Same WMD bunch.

  • DVG

    Donald Trump courageously responds to the phony news organization known as CNN with vigor. The crowd wants more. It’s time to let some sunshine in on Washington DC.

  • Jed55

    I’m glad he cut the CNN person off, but someone tell me how that news conference was chaotic? Is this another misuse of words on the part of OAN? Clean this up, totally not chaotic.

    • FM

      I watched it too. You’re correct. It was not chaotic at all.

      • Widl Man

        The chaotic part was t all the reporters trying to get Trump to let them ask a question. trump picked who he wanted to hear questions from and it was not the biased CNN moron, or ABC jerkoff, etc…He let real reporters ask questions not the liberal, left phuktards from the main media stations and sources.

        • FM

          I love the way Trump handles the press. We’ve been waiting for this for a very long time.

        • A marcus Young

          I found it quite hilarious. The CNN reporter was so mad that he did not get attention. I want to see more of that.

      • tedlv

        The CNN puppet tried, but failed to make it chaotic.

  • Hans Pfall

    “Phony” in quotes, OAN?

    Tells me everything I need to know.

    MAGA.

  • Ccdelkin

    What was conveniently left out of this article is that it was John McCain who admitted Wednesday that he pushed the Trump dossier to the Intel community.
    http://WWW.Breibart.com

    • Jonquil

      McCain is a snake.

      • tedlv

        And, again, a traitor.

        • Jonquil

          McCain has practically become a cliché.

  • 01

    How is it Trump’s fault that Podesta clicked on a link that was a phishing scam and that Donna Brazil got caught sending debate questions to Hillary. The corruption in the Democratic party was exposed. Nothing to do with Trump, this is just a way to turn the attention away from what the DNC did!

    • tedlv

      Be prepared. Everything is already Trump’s fault.

  • Clinicaleducator1

    Time to DRAIN the swamp!!!

  • Anti_Marxist

    CNN – more irrelevant every day ;(

    • tedlv

      Same with Reuters.

  • American Made :-)

    There is nothing…and I mean absolutely NOTHING, that I trust coming from any and all Obama Bin-Lying led agencies and appointees!!

  • R A.

    So when is Crooked Hillary going to prison?

  • Mark P

    It’s so great that the best the mainstream media can ever hope to influence these days is a mere 30% of the American electorate. They no longer have a stranglehold on information.

    And just as you can’t put the scent back into a bottle of perfume, we will never turn back. That’s why none of this matters. And it’s killing them.

    • Deplorable Jules

      Well said. Thank you technology and Twitter. The same media who thrives on social media slams him for using it. Trump uses it to ensure his message isn’t twisted. Smart.

  • KMAN

    It was all a hoax, and you know it.

  • Axel Westby

    “Are we living in Nazi Germany?” That’s a pretty good question by President elect Trump! George H. W. Bush was CIA director and worked for the CIA for many years before he became Vice President and later President. He was a Nazi, who was born in Germany, who therefore was not a legitimate President, like Obama, who was born in Kenya! Bush 41’s dad George W. Scherff was a Hitler spy that infiltrated Tesla and stole some inventions and passed them on up the line! He later changed his name to George W. Bush Sr. to the detriment of all tru American Bush families of this country!

    • Mark P

      The evidence for the identification of Scherf, Jr with Bush, Sr. is a lousy photograph from 1938 in which some kid resembles George Bush, Sr. That’s it. Nothing else, unless you’ve uncovered something… Got anything substantive?

      • Axel Westby

        Lots of info from thousands of people. Wistleblowers, insiders, no birth certificate, books by several people, websites, etc, etc. Start with “The Bush Connection” by Eric Berman and http://www.proliberty. com/observer/20070405.htm. Don’t count on too many photographs, they have all been destroyed (maybe?).

        • Mark P

          Been through it all. It all comes down to one bad photo. Everything else is conjecture.

          • Axel Westby

            Your number of brain cells are somewhat limited!

          • Mark P

            Ah. You ran out of facts and started with insults. You must be a liberal.

            That presupposes your limited intelligence. It’s also why you don’t need proof to believe things.

            Good luck to you spreading lies.

    • Widl Man

      You are a dumbass! Axel

  • All American

    9 Days to AMERICA AGAIN🇺🇸

  • Dens

    These so-called ‘intelligence’ agencies are headed up by Obama appointees which means truth is a strange concept to them. Mr. Trump knows he cannot trust anything they say and by now most Americans realize the entire Obama government and it’s slavish leftist ‘news’ propagandists are puking out lie after lie intended to harm Mr. Trump and thwart the will of the American people who elected him as their President. Mr. Trump and the folks who elected him just don’t buy the left’s BS anymore.

    • All American

      Saul Alinsky divide and create chaos = conquer. Obamas administration’s base tactics. Thank God that the majority of Americans see right through this trash!

    • Cesar Figueroa

      these are the same intelligence agencies that have told Obama not to worry about ISIS, the same ones who said Libya was a good candidate country for democracy, along with Syria, or the same ones that told Obama that Iran is truly our friend.
      there’s always a problem when you hire Bundlers, and Donors to Positions they are no way qualified to do, unless you mean to politicize that position.

    • SimG

      And Obama and his appointees are controlled by the international financiers based in the City of London and Wall Street. There are foreigners controlling the Obama administration.

      • tedlv

        In what foreign country is the city of Wall Street?

        • Deplorable Jules

          I think he means the bank owners and bead holders aren’t all Americans or they don’t love our country. They have an agenda and it’s not freedom.

  • jlsharks1

    How about Hillary email and her administration and Obama not being vigilant on his watch. That what we should be discussing.

    • Cesar Figueroa

      oh they are very vigilant, to their own destructive ways, lets import some terrorist, along with some refugees, lets release the Gitmo captives, they should be rehabilitated by now, lets give billions to Iran they will use the money to build a better future, they said they don’t support terrorist, they call them freedom soldiers of the Caliphate.
      what could go wrong.

    • Axel Westby

      Hillary is corrupt, lying, lawless, anti-American and incompetent and mentally handicapped individual. Obama is a corrupt, lying, lawless, anti-American Marxist and racist Muslim born in Kenya. This is all we need to know folks, forget everything else!

    • Hillary Deplorables

      EXACTLY!!! Where’s that story??? Who owns OAN?

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