Trump blames Democrats, Republicans for Russia links allegations
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday (January 13) accused his political opponents, “both Democrats and Republicans,” for putting together a dossier of unverified claims linking him to Russia and said the document was probably released by intelligence agencies.
“Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans – FAKE NEWS! Russia says nothing exists,” Trump said in a series of posts on Twitter.
“Probably released by ‘Intelligence’ even knowing there is no proof, and never will be,” he said.
On Wednesday (January 11), U.S. spy chief James Clapper said that media leaks of the material had not come from U.S. intelligence agencies and that the agencies had not judged whether the information was reliable.
Trump also reprised his election campaign attacks on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, declaring her “guilty as hell” and deriding her supporters’ criticism of how the FBI handled an investigation into her emails.
The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it would investigate an FBI decision to announce an inquiry into Clinton’s emails shortly before the Nov. 8 election, a move she has blamed as a factor in her defeat.
“What are Hillary Clinton’s people complaining about with respect to the F.B.I. Based on the information they had, she should never have been allowed to run – guilty as hell,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
“They were VERY nice to her. She lost because she campaigned in the wrong states – no enthusiasm!”
FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday (November 12) the FBI would cooperate fully with the investigation
Trump tackled a number of topics in his early morning tweets, reiterating his plans to repeal President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and addressing differences between him and several of his appointees.
Trump’s pick to lead the Pentagon put Russia at the top of a list of threats to U.S. interests on Thursday (January 12) and told Congress that America must be ready to confront Moscow where necessary, even as he backed Trump’s bid for better relations.
The remarks by retired Marine General James Mattis were the latest by one of Trump’s Cabinet picks that veered away from the president-elect’s campaign rhetoric, which included praise for Russian President Vladimir Putin and pledges to improve ties with him.
“All of my Cabinet nominee are looking good and doing a great job. I want them to be themselves and express their own thoughts, not mine!” Trump said in a tweet.
Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson on Wednesday (January 11) also expressed views at odds with Trump on key foreign policy issues like nuclear proliferation, trade deals, climate change and relations with Mexico.
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