He’s Russian for explanations.
President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday morning continued denying the explosive but unverified accusations about his ties to Russia — firing off a series of tweets downplaying the report and his Russian connections.
Trump at one point even compared his situation to being in “Nazi Germany.”
“Russia just said the unverified report paid for by political opponents is ‘A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE.’ Very unfair!” Trump wrote in his first tweet, citing recent comments from a Kremlin spokesman.
“Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!” he wrote in another tweet.
In more messages, Trump blasted the dossier as “FAKE NEWS” and took a shot at U.S. intelligence agencies, which he has been publicly disparaging for weeks.
President-elect Donald Trump started his Wednesday morning continuing to deny a report on his ties to Russia.
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“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?” he wrote.
Trump is expected Wednesday morning to hold his first press conference since July.
BuzzFeed News on Tuesday published a 35-page report filled with damning and conspiratorial accusations about Trump’s political and business ties with Russia. The dossier, which was prepared for political opponents by a person said to be a former British intelligence agent, had circulated among journalists and government officials for months.
It alleges that Russian President Vladimir Putin had been “cultivating” a relationship with Trump for five years and shared intelligence with him on his American political rivals.
The report also said Trump had hired prostitutes in Moscow for “perverted” sex acts, including urinating on the bed in a Ritz Carlton Hotel room where President Obama and his wife stayed during a visit. The report implied the so-called “golden shower” had been captured on camera.
The report said Russian President Vladimir Putin had been “cultivating” a secret relationship with Trump for years.
BuzzFeed noted that the accusations could not be verified and that the report contained several factual errors.
Trump undersold his Russian relations in his Wednesday tweets, as he did through the presidential campaign while weathering criticism for showering Putin with praise.
The real estate mogul has regularly visited Moscow for business and went there as recently as 2013. He made numerous unsuccessful attempts to build properties, starting in 1987, as he detailed in his book “The Art of the Deal.”
His son Donald Trump Jr. once said Russians made up “a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.”
“We see a lot money pouring in from Russia,” the son said at a real estate conference in 2008, according to the trade publication eTurboNews.
Trump in 2014 bragged twice about meeting with Putin. He said the Russian strongman “could not have been nicer” and even gave Trump a gift.
But once Trump’s chummy relationships with Putin came under scrutiny on the campaign trail, he denied ever meeting the Russian leader.
“I don’t think I’ve ever met him,” Trump said in a July interview with “This Week.”
“I have never spoken to him on the phone. No.”
Trump has also refused to believe American intelligence reports saying Russians hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee to give the Republican candidate an upper hand.