Trump Defends Nazi Comparison, Attacks CNN and BuzzFeed as ‘Fake News,’ ‘Disgrace’
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 Donald Trump’s press conference on Wednesday got heated quickly, as the president-elect bashed, and also praised, specific media members, defended comparisons he made on Twitter to Nazi Germany and called BuzzFeed a “failing pile of garbage.”
During his first press conference in nearly six months, the president-elect suggested that the controversial Russian dossier was leaked to the press “maybe by the intelligence agencies, who knows, but maybe the intelligence agencies, which would be a tremendous blot if they did that…because it never should have been written and certainly never should have been released.”
Trump also thanked members of the media who criticized the publishing of the report, which was first reported by CNN and later published in full by BuzzFeed.
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The dossier, which was compiled by an individual claiming to be a British intelligence official and which has still not been verified, alleges that the Russian government is withholding damaging financial and personal information about the president-elect.
New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet criticized Buzzfeed, saying NYT would not have released the “totally unsubstantiated” report.
A reporter asked Trump about a tweet he sent on Wednesday morning responding to the intelligence community allowing the Russian dossier with “golden shower” claims to end up in the hands of media members. In the Twitter message, Trump asked if we are living in Nazi Germany.
He doubled down on the comparison during the press conference. “I think it’s a disgrace. And I say that, and I say that. And as something that Nazi Germany would have done — and they do,” Trump said.
At one point Trump said, “Some of the media outlets I deal with are fake news, more so than anybody, I won’t name them… a few sitting right in front of us… I’ve seen people absolutely destroyed and I think it’s very unfair, so all I can ask for is honest reporters”
When CNN’s Jim Acosta tried to ask a question, the president-elect decided it was time to name names, pointing at Acosta saying, “You are fake news.”
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