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Angry Trump Dismisses Russian Dossier Report As ‘Phony Stuff’

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday that U.S. intelligence agencies might have leaked a dossier of what he called “fake news” about how Russia had tried to sway his actions, saying the allegations were false.

In his first formal news conference since July, Trump slammed two news organizations for reporting unsubstantiated claims about his ties to Moscow but praised other reporters for holding back.

“I think it’s a disgrace that information would be let out,” Trump told about 250 reporters jammed into the lobby at his New York offices.

“It’s all fake news, it’s phony stuff, it didn’t happen,” said Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20. The dossier, which emerged late on Tuesday, was first reported by CNN. BuzzFeed published detailed elements of the report.

Two U.S. officials said Tuesday evening that the allegations, 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.

The Republican president-elect has long said he hopes to improve ties with Moscow, but his plans have come under intense scrutiny after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia used cyber attacks and other tactics to try to tilt the presidential election in his favor over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

His stance has rattled traditional U.S. allies such as NATO countries and many U.S. foreign policy experts who consider Russia a geopolitical adversary.

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

At the other end of the block, a separate group of protesters held signs with Trump sporting a Hitler mustache, and chanted, “In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist America!”

The Russia news obscured what was the original purpose of the news conference: a chance for the real estate developer to describe how he will separate himself from his global business operations to avoid conflicts of interest once he takes office.

Trump, who owns hotels and golf courses as well as assets like a winery and modeling agency, will transfer all his assets into a trust and put his two sons in charge, hiring an ethics adviser to review any transactions for conflicts, a Trump lawyer told reporters on Wednesday.

The company will not enter any new deals while Trump is president, and all profits generated at Trump’s hotels by foreign governments will be donated to the U.S. Treasury, the lawyer said.

His daughter Ivanka, whose husband Jared Kushner will be a senior adviser to Trump in the White House, also will cease her management role in the Trump Organization, the lawyer said.

(Additional reporting by Doina Chiacu, Jeff Mason, Jonathan Landay and John Walcott in Washington and Jonathan Allen and Melissa Fares in New York; Writing by Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Frances Kerry and Alistair Bell)

IMAGE: Vice President-elect Mike Pence (L) is seen in the background as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a press conference in Trump Tower, Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 11, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 11, 2017

    Trump would do well to see a psychiatrist to help him get adjusted to hearing of his illegitimacy as an elected President for years to come. And he and his children, and children’s children, will have to adjust to the ignominy of reading now and in the future that gramps was a churlish chap fraudulently helped to become President from abroad by a nation inimical to the concept of Democracy, and that gramps soiled himself long before inauguration.

    There will be a large asterisk in all the history books in the future. Sorry, Donald, but that’s your Karma.

    As well, Sessions is certain not to investigate his pal’s Russian ties—He’ll be too busy looking under rocks for alleged email scandals attributed to Hillary, and finding other excuses for not doing the job an Attorney General should concentrate on.

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    1. Jim Samaras January 11, 2017

      I see you’re pretending to be Nostradamus again Aaron! His illegitimacy is in the minds of his detractors only. History will show what I believe to be his many accomplishments buy will also document the demented state his opposition held dear for years until those accomplishments came to fruition when in fact they were forced to admit they were wrong.

      Aaron, save the self serving gibberish for now as to avoid wiping the inevitable egg off your face in the near future.

      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 11, 2017

        Jim, you’re still too infatuated with yourself. Rather than negate what I say just because your gut tells you to, try to remain calm and present an objective opinion that doesn’t reflect your immense adoration for Trump. The way you carry on in gushing over Trump strongly suggest you need therapy to break the stranglehold Trumpism has on you.
        Nostradamus has no influence on logic, objectivity, and one’s ability to see through Trump’s houdini act—an act which has totally bamboozled you.

        1. Jim Samaras January 11, 2017

          Your attempt at psychoanalyzing me Aaron is unfounded. I’d take a look at myself if I were a person trying to be a prognosticator in the most negative manner such as you. I hear you preach but never a positive word about our president elect. Nothing but gloom and doom. It would be refreshing to hear an uplifting comment as to what “could be” with a president Trump. I know ya got it in you Aaron!

          1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 11, 2017

            It’s easy to figure you out, Jim. It doesn’t take much. You still have yet to address your infatuation with Trump. Is there an urge for you to reenact the scene from “Romeo and Juliet” for us on a daily basis, and are you secretly Juliet? You leave yourself wide open for anyone to wonder what ails you, so don’t be surprised when I offer my thoughts on your fawning behavior.

            Might be better for you to lay low, reassess your relationship to your Creator(who isn’t Trump FYI), and then check back with us.

          2. Jim Samaras January 11, 2017

            I’m an open book and easy to understand Aaron it is you who talks in biblical parables at times. Your assertion that I’m gay may not be construed as being not very Christian sir and a lesser man would be insulted. Surprising coming from the tolerant and welcoming left…lol

            I would be “infatuated” with anyone who has declared war on an establishment that has shown zero interest in their constituency for years so Trump himself has no bearing on my leanings. As a matter of fact prior to his candidacy I paid little attention to the shenanigans I saw in Washington because I knew nothing would change. Trump has awakened the public to what our politicians have really been doing to us for 40 years and I will be witness to the change. Jump on the train or get run over pal.

          3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 11, 2017

            You fail to understand the meaning and implication of infatuation. To constantly show admiration for Trump as you do is both inordinate and unlike anyone else who has posted here. That’s why you stand out. I don’t say that you’re gay, but that you act in an unnatural way by gushing over “someone who has awakened the public”.
            Awakened? He has awakened us to his depravity, has awakened us to the sickness of so many Americans putting so much faith in an immoral person, and dreamily hoping he’ll perform miracles like building a Wall. Trump is wedded to the Establishment, but you’re too much in love with his personality that you can’t and don’t want to see it. That’s why I make the analogy of man-man attraction.

          4. Jim Samaras January 11, 2017

            Then Romeo and Juliet was the wrong analogy….apology accepted!

            We did not elect a Sunday school teacher Aaron we elected a leader and many times leaders are course and to the point i.e Winston Churchill. He wouldn’t have baby sat for my kids but I shudder as to what language the English people would be speaking today if not for him.

          5. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 11, 2017

            A poor excuse regarding the reason for electing Trump and your fawning attitude and constantly reminding us of your adoration for Trump. Personally, it’s irrelevant whether he’s Democrat or Republican, Jim. This is a matter of principle and decency which “Trump” skill in leadership any day of the year since the beginning of humankind’s evolution. I don’t expect Trump nor anyone else to be a “Sunday School” teacher, but I do expect, and demand, that they show respect for women and men, the handicapped, for blacks, whites, Hispanics, Muslims, gays, etc.

            What I don’t accept is a man who brags about taking advantage of your mother or any other woman, I don’t accept a man who has to refer to his genitals—something that any non-Sunday School President shouldn’t even bring up in private—in public on an RNC Debate stage.
            Let me remind you of a statement you made in this Forum without any regard for the women here, and any youth or children who might be reading the posts here. You wrote in response to someone the following:
            ———————————————————————————-
            “Prepare to be amazed at the way China begins sucking our c^cks after the inauguration…international incident….hahahahaha. You libtards are funny with the sky is falling sh^t
            ———————————————————————————-
            That response by you suggests many problems which boil down to a deeply-disturbed man(YOU) who couldn’t maintain stability of thought for the sake of Trump and the GOP. Your level of depravity and your disrespect to the women here is why I feel obliged to put the hammer to you as a form of justice and as a reprimand for your egregious and ungodly behavior.
            Expect more “hammering” if you persist in being boorish and being a sycophant for Trump.

            Sincerely,
            Aaron

          6. Jim Samaras January 11, 2017

            I respect most people on this board with the lil septic filler and Ellie being exceptions. She wants to man hate she will pay the price for spouting nonsense.

            My analogies may be course Aaron and not for the faint of heart but I’m willing to wait and see if the Chinese do just that, figuratively of course…..lol And also willing to pay the price here if I’m wrong!

            Lighten up man, life is too short

          7. Budjob January 12, 2017

            Yeah,and it ‘s going to be a lot shorter for ,millions of people!

          8. Budjob January 12, 2017

            Jimmy boy,You are one fucked up dude!

          9. wth_jp2 January 12, 2017

            It might be refreshing to hear an uplifting comment as to what “could be” with a “president” Trump, but it would be completely unwarranted. You can wish all you want, but there is nothing thus far that would coerce such a statement from the majority of the American population. You seem to be quite alone in this forum right now with regard to your love affair with the idiot…..

      2. Jinmichigan January 11, 2017

        37% approval rating going into office. The lowest in history. And I expect that’s peaked.

        1. Jim Samaras January 11, 2017

          Another prognosticator in our midst huh? Shooting to 85% would be mine…..not withstanding this forum of course

          1. Jinmichigan January 11, 2017

            Just stating facts and true expectations based on trumps actual accomplishments to date.

          2. Jim Samaras January 11, 2017

            I’d say his accomplishments to date should fair well in public opinion for a guy that’s not even president yet

          3. Jinmichigan January 11, 2017

            Such as?

          4. Jim Samaras January 11, 2017

            Let’s see, how about the Carrier deal, the Ford announcement, the Chinese investor pledging 50B in the USA or just FCAs’ commitment to 1B invested in the rust belt? Good start I’d say.

          5. Jinmichigan January 11, 2017

            I can see you are a gullible soul.

          6. Jim Samaras January 11, 2017

            I’d call it hopeful myself but a prognosticator such as yourself surely knows better huh? Lol

          7. Jinmichigan January 11, 2017

            Did you learn a new word today? I see you have used it several times. The only thing that can be predicted about a trump presidency is that he will have more money when it’s over than he has now.

          8. Jim Samaras January 11, 2017

            I was trying to be nice but would you prefer prophetical hack? Going out on a limb there ain’t ya buddy that a multi billionaire may, with nothing other than a passbook savings account, be better off in 8 years? My God the ignorance can be astounding at times

          9. Jinmichigan January 11, 2017

            You must be special if you have evidence trump is a billionaire. No one else does. Calling me ignorant just proves how gullible you really are

          10. I Am Helpy January 11, 2017

            What… what accomplishments, exactly? THE MAN WENT BANKRUPT RUNNING A CASINO. MULTIPLE TIMES.

            Unless you’re talking about all the treason he’s accomplished – he seems good at that.

          11. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 11, 2017

            You have trouble distinguishing accomplishment from window dressing and minor gestures like threatening to impose tariffs or threatening companies for trading. Those aren’t accomplishments, Jim, but intended to dupe the gullible. They’re an illusion.

          12. Jim Samaras January 11, 2017

            And you have a hard time understanding the basics of negotiation Aaron. Aim for the moon as you’ll get a hell of a lot higher than the goof that reaches for the second floor! Watch and learn

          13. I Am Helpy January 11, 2017

            Hahahahaha wow, you are goddam delusional. Here’s a tip: nobody likes a traitor.

        2. I Am Helpy January 11, 2017

          Don’t forget that he also lost the popular vote by more than any previous President. He is enormously unpopular.

      3. I Am Helpy January 11, 2017

        “In the near future”. Right.
        The hilarious thing about this post is just how oblivious you are.

      4. Thoughtopsy January 11, 2017

        List any of his accomplishments.
        I’ll list his screwups, bankruptcies and lawsuits related specifically to business.

        Guess who is going to run out first?
        Idiot.

        What history will show is how gullible American knuckle-draggers are when racism is trolled in front of their noses… and how Trump changed nothing about himself or his abilities or his business acumen whilst ruining the advances the country has made and enriching himself at the Swamp he created.

    2. Dominick Vila January 11, 2017

      The only thing that is truly phony are the confirmation hearings. An example of the charade that is going on involve what happened after Sen. Blumenthal asked Sen. Sessions if he remembered the awards he had received from far right and white supremacist organizations, and if he was planning to return them. Sessions did not remember anything, and both the committee Chairman and some of the GOP Senators quickly ridiculed Sen. Blumenthal’s inference.

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  2. Dan S January 11, 2017

    So despite even further allegations that Russia has some nasty dirt on Trump we’re still going to let this scum take the oath of office. I will not acknowledge or respect the occupant of the Oval Office until such time he is removed from office. I don’t care about what party they belong to as long as they respect the American people and the US Constitution. These are going to be very dark trying days ahead

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 11, 2017

      Amen to that! What a travesty and grand disrespect for the ideals of America, sacrificing the country to the whims and avarice of a lewd shrewd charlatan, approved by hoodwinked voters, and anointed by an outdated institution.

  3. yabbed January 11, 2017

    Ah, PrezPervertPeePee doesn’t like being found out. Well, it’s just beginning.

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    1. TZToronto January 12, 2017

      Trump should be aware that Russia is not going to allow someone like him to visit without following him and spying on him every second he’s there. I’m sure that nothing he said while he was in Moscow in 2013 went unrecorded. His entire time there is probably on video, even his most private moments. Putin would not miss an opportunity to blackmail someone like Trump, especially when he knows Trump’s proclivities. This entire mess, the Russian hacking, the intelligence about the Russians having something on Trump, is all part of a plan. Get the vulnerable guy into the White House, blackmail him, and bend him to your will. This does not look good. Where there’s smoke . . .

  4. jmprint January 11, 2017

    If he wanted to prove it, he would show us his bank statement going back to 2009, at least. In 2013 it is said he laundered cash money for the Russia mafia.

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  5. FF January 11, 2017

    I watched this press conference and wasn’t surprised that DT skirted almost every question. Instead, he just regurgitated his campaign rhetoric. After this presser, I defy anyone to explain what his healthcare replacement plan is, how Mexico will pay for his fantasy wall, or if he’ll roll back sanctions on Russia. All these questions were asked but were barely answered. He’s incapable of providing in-depth or detailed responses. Everything will be beautiful, just trust me.

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  6. bobnstuff January 11, 2017

    The Great and Powerful Trump has spoken. He set the tone for his presidency, deny and skirt. No real details just more hot air. Don’t worry though he will make everything great. Just pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

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  7. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 11, 2017

    Trump’s Press conference was a complete farce as expected. Rather than calmly respond to questions, he immediately went into a defensive mode. Why? Because Twitter is his safety blanket, and exposure to people who think and ask probing questions is something unfamiliar to him. Being in front of crowds of yahoos across the country gave him the false impression that he might be able to skate his way through a position of President. Up to now, he has failed miserably. That’s what being in love with one’s self will do.
    Fortunately, in a paradoxical way, Trump being on center stage like this affords us the opportunity to see up close what a deficient spiritual upbringing, coupled with immense wealth and misanthropic tendencies, will do to a man.
    I look forward to more opportunities to examine this form of depravity up close.

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  8. Dominick Vila January 11, 2017

    How does Trump know that the allegations regarding the fact that the Russians have compiled a dossier that compromises Trump’s credibility, both from financial and personal perspectives are phony? Is he disregarding the findings made by the FBI, CIA, NSA and other intelligence agencies that have concluded that the Russians hacked several Republican databases? Was he reassured by Putin that the Kremlin does not have anything incriminating that could be used against him?
    Contrary to what some far right posters in this forum have asserted, the onus of proof is not on us – the posters – it is on Donald Trump who will soon be our President, and whose abilities to lead and keep us safe would be compromised if the allegations made on this issue prove to be true.

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 11, 2017

      He doesn’t, and that’s the galling irony of it all. What temerity.

      1. Dominick Vila January 12, 2017

        While it is entirely possible some Buzzfeed may have used hyperbole in their report, including the allegation that Trump surrogates traveled to Europe to meet with Russian agents or surrogates, the fact that the Russians have a dossier on Trump, similar to the dossiers they had on every former U.S. President and world leader, is undeniable. Needless to say, it remains to be seen whether they use their findings to persuade Trump to make concessions on issues important to them, or use it strictly to determine the strengths and weaknesses of their adversaries in order to be as effective as possible during negotiations.
        Did you watch Trump “News” conference? The way he treated the CNN reporter was classic Trumpetism. Another interesting comment involved his promise to help create jobs in the states that voted for him. So much for being the President of all Americans…

        1. FireBaron January 12, 2017

          What I liked was how Fox News had to eat crow and come to the support of CNN.

  9. righteous mob January 11, 2017

    The way Trump has deported himself throughout his life, even prior to the campagn, through it, and into the transition screams that these allegations are based in fact.

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    1. FireBaron January 12, 2017

      I would be more than willing to help deport him – to Russia.

  10. Elliot J. Stamler January 11, 2017

    Donald Trump = Russian agent; woman abuser; tax cheat; pathological liar; serial adulterer; acute narcissist; egomaniac; acute defamer and slanderer; fraudster/con artist/confidence man; cruel; never genuinely laughs.
    If he survives his term in office it’ll be a miracle. If he does not blunder us into World War III it also may be a miracle.

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    1. FireBaron January 12, 2017

      Elliot, you shouldn’t hold back like that. let us know how you really feel! Oh, and for the record, I 100% agree with you. Add to it, he never genuinely smiles, either.

      1. Elliot J. Stamler January 12, 2017

        Thank you, FireBaron. I am so reticent and shy by nature..I just wish I could be more assertive.
        P.S. Years ago I was in a paid focus group dealing with some controversial local issue here in NYC and I expressed myself. One of the other panelists whose viewers were directly different from my own expressed her umbrage. The panel moderator (from the market research firm) used the exact word-for-word comment that you did to me..I thought it was hilarious. Us shy people are so self-effacing we find it so hard to express our opinions.

  11. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 11, 2017

    Now, about the dossier being phony. Notice that when something is critical of Trump it’s ipso facto phony. But when info is “leaked” purposefully about Hillary, it wasn’t questioned at all by Donald or his yahoos. Instead, Donald, in his pompous and arrogant manner, suggested a witch hunt inviting Russia to hack for more dirt to throw on Hillary. But now, he’s in an uproar over possible connections with Russia and bemoans the ‘witch hunt’, as he puts it, being conducted about his connections.
    What we have here is a glaring unwitting admission of hypocrisy by Donald, one that he should be held up for public scrutiny and called to the mat on for the duration of his brief presidency. And Sessions will be unable to muster any impartiality in the matter because he too is inclined to hypocrisy.

    What a depressing and deplorable scene Trump presents to us daily, even before being crowned and ascending his throne.

    We should ever be mindful of the forked tongue of Donald whenever he opens his mouth.

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    1. Theodora30 January 12, 2017

      When the Dems’ emails were leaked the same media that is aghast by Buzzfeed printing the full document about Russian dirt on The Donald immediately printed them not knowing – or caring – if the emails had been doctored. The NY Times and WaPo also used Breitbart’s Peter Schweitzer’s “reporting” to trash Hillary and the Clinton Foundation. Those charges were quickly debunked but I have yet to hear any mea culpable. But Buzzfeed prints unverified accusations from a source considered credible by our intelligence agencies? They all get the vapors. And never forget how the MSM had no problem playing along with right wing operatives’ bogus claims about Whitewater. Vetting smears seems to only matter if the target is not a Democrat.

  12. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 11, 2017

    Trump timidly accepts that Russia was involved in hacking, but his response studiously avoids complete acceptance.
    For instance, Trump stated “…”I think it was Russia,” Trump said. Putin “should not be doing it. He won’t be doing it. Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it than when other people have led it.”

    Now, that is so lame and pathetic that it sounds like something from a grade school student. “Putin should not be doing it”—Not at all assertive and convincing; “He won’t be doing it”—Does that mean Trump will visit Putin and ask for a brief cessation of hacking until the heat dies down?; “Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it than when other people have led it.”—Trump can never step far from his narcissism without referring to himself as a savior and someone who can command respect, unlike his predecessors—On what basis does be make this ludicrous boast of how he can change things?

    The last statement, the old narcissistic standby, is the most troubling aspect of Trump, aside from his lewd nature. Any high school student can see the venal nature of Trump’s personality—“It’s all there for the trained eye”, as Sherlock Holmes would say, but with Trump, it’s all there for the untrained eye as well, my good Holmes.

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    3. TZToronto January 12, 2017

      I fear for the USA starting at 12:01 PM on Jan. 20, 2017. I suggest that Trump will be in no position to be Commander in Chief of the armed forces as of that date and time. If I were Putin, I would try to invade the Baltic states, to take back Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. Trump will have no idea of what to do, what steps to take immediately. Maybe he’d decide to use some of those lovely nukes. If I were President Obama, I would put U.S. forces around the world on high alert–and not tell Trump about it.

  13. FireBaron January 12, 2017

    CNN – Fake News. Brietbart – Trusted source.
    Washington Post – Fake News. National Inquirer – Trusted Source.
    Wolf Blitzer – Fake News. Alex Jones – Trusted Source.
    Starting to see the picture?

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