New York - WATCH: Trump Refuses To Take Question From CNN Reporter
New York - President-elect Donald Trump lashed out at a reporter from CNN, refusing to take a question from him and calling his news organization and Buzzfeed “fake news.”
CNN reporter Jim Acosta pushed back at Wednesday’s news conference, demanding an opportunity to ask a question.
“I am not going to give you a question, you are fake news,” Trump said.
A U.S. official says top intelligence officials last week told Trump about an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising personal and financial information about him. The story was first reported by CNN Tuesday. Buzzfeed later published a summary of those allegations.
The summary of the allegations was separate from a classified assessment of Russia’s suspected attempts to meddle in the U.S. presidential election.
Trump told Acosta, “Your organization is terrible, I’m not going to give you a question.”
Acosta responded, “Mr. President-elect, that’s not appropriate.”
The news conference opened with his spokesman, Sean Spicer, slamming a “political witch hunt” following reports published that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump.
Trump angrily denounced the publishing and attacked U.S. intelligence agencies over the leak of the information.
“I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out there,” Trump told a news conference. He called the dossier that makes salacious claims about him “fake news” and “phony stuff.”
“I think it’s a disgrace ... That’s something that Nazi Germany would have done,” the Republican said days ahead of his inauguration.
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