President-elect Donald Trump is invoking Nazi Germany in his response to explosive reports that US intelligence officials have briefed him on unverified claims that Russia has compromising information about him.
In a four-tweet rant aimed at dismissing the reports, the president-elect called them a “total fabrication” and compared the political climate to Nazi Germany.
Russia just said the unverified report paid for by political opponents is "A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE." Very unfair!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
A US official told The Associated Press Tuesday that intelligence officials had informed President-elect Trump about an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising personal and financial information about him. The briefing about the document was first reported by CNN.
The Associated Press has not been able to substantiate the information in the dossier, which misspelled the name of Russia’s largest bank.
The Republican has said he plans to improve relations with Moscow, praising Russian President Vladimir Putin as “very smart” for declining to impose restrictions on the US in retaliation for Washington’s sanctions after the intelligence community concluded that Moscow ordered cyberattacks to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
Continuing his early-morning tweetstorm, Trump said his opponents were trying to “belittle” his victory.
I win an election easily, a great "movement" is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Trump and his supporters have accused the left of trying to delegitimize his presidency.
Trump then repeated his claim that intelligence agencies had leaked the report to the public, and questioned:
“Are we living in Nazi Germany?”
When asked about the tweet at his first press conference in more than 160 days, Trump said it was disgraced the allegations were even released to the media.
“That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do,” he said.
The real estate mogul received support from the so-called “alt-right,” a white nationalist movement, during the campaign, and members were seen giving the Nazi salute at a gathering after the election.
Trump disavowed the group after video of the salute emerged, telling The New York Times he condemns it.Material from the Associated Press was used in this report. Aimee Ortiz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @aimee_ortiz. Nicole Hernandez can be reached at Nicole.Hernandez@globe.com. Follow her on twitter@NRHSJax.