January 11th, 2017

I can't

Trump Blasts Publication Of Unverified Russia Claims As ‘Fake News’ (Of course he did)

The president-elect called BuzzFeed a “failing pile of garbage” and refused to take a CNN reporter’s question.

NEW YORK ― President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly called out the publication of unverified allegations that he has ties to Russia as “fake news” during Wednesday’s press conference, his first in nearly six months.

Trump thanked news organizations that didn’t publish the allegations, which were raised in a dossier commissioned by his opponents and which haven’t been corroborated. But he took aim at BuzzFeed, called it a “failing pile of garbage,” and refused to call on reporter Jim Acosta from CNN, which he labeled “fake news.”Collapse )

Source: HuffPost

Whether there's any truth to the allegations or not, Drumpf is obviously bugged by the whole thing, which to me is highly worthwhile and enjoyable, in and of itself.
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Can Donald Trump really be a compromised agent of Russian influence?

During the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, American parents found politics to be a painfully embarrassing subject to discuss in front of their children. The TV news stayed off at dinner time. But even before taking office, Donald Trump has surpassed Bill Clinton. The details of what’s said to have taken place in a Moscow hotel room with a group of prostitutes are lurid enough to damage even someone with Trump’s sexual history. Trump himself has described the allegations as “fake news”. Their significance is that, if true, the President-elect of the United States would be vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians. The CIA believes it “credible” that the Kremlin has such kompromat – or compromising material – on the next US Commander in Chief. At the same time a joint task force, which includes the CIA and the FBI, has been investigating allegations that the Russians may have sent money to Trump’s organisation or his election campaign.

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OP: Reading the thread on the mothership this morning was glorious. Especially after having woken up to the fairly dry exposé in the Guardian. And now... real life spy stuff!

Source: Phil Cook at the Spectator