‘Tremendous Blot on Their Record’ – Trump Slams Intel Community Over Fake Report
President-elect Donald Trump gave his first press conference in six months just nine days before his inauguration, and addressed the claims in the unsubstantiated and unconfirmed report released by Buzzfeed on Tuesday evening.
Prior to Trump speaking, incoming White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Sean Spicer addressed the Buzzfeed report. He referred to the outlet as a “left-wing blog that was openly hostile towards the president-elect’s campaign.” He also pointed out that Buzzfeed’s own editor noted that there are serious reasons to doubt the claims in the report, and called the decision to release it anyways “shameful and disgraceful.” CNN claims that they published the information contained in the report because the CIA called it “credible,” though it is important to note that they did not call it “true.” The sloppy release by the two outlets was swiftly condemned by journalists and other news outlets, even those who openly oppose the president-elect.
“The fact that Buzzfeed and CNN made the decision to run with this unsubstantiated claim is a sad and pathetic attempt to get clicks. The report is not an intelligence report, plain and simple,” Spicer said.