ABC News(NEW YORK) — President-elect Donald Trump called the new unsubstantiated allegations that Russia is in possession of personal and financial information “nonsense.”
“A thing like that should have never been written, it should never been had and it should certainly never have been released,” Trump said during his first press conference since the election.
“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, who knows, but maybe the intelligence agencies, which would be a tremendous blot on their record if they in fact did that,” Trump said.
Trump first addressed the reports in a series of tweets Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Trump on Tuesday night called the stories “fake news,” but escalated his argument this morning. He went after intelligence agencies for allowing the reports to leak to reporters, asking, “Are we living in Nazi Germany?”
Wednesday marks 167 days since Trump last held a formal press conference. His transition team had previously scheduled an event in December but delayed it, arguing that Trump needed more time to resolve potential conflicts of interest before he entered the White House.
Trump started the news conference by talking about how often he made such appearances during the campaign.
“I think we probably maybe won the nomination because of news conferences… We stopped giving them because there was quite a bit of inaccurate news,” Trump said.
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