Trump complains he's the victim of fake news

President-elect Donald Trump

The chiefs of America’s intelligence agencies last week presented President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump with a summary of reports that Russia had collected compromising information about Mr Trump, US media says.

The salacious allegations were detailed in an appendix to a report on what the CIA, FBI and NSA compiled on what they say were Russian attempts to sway the recent US election (see the appendix here; warning: adult themes).

They are of a kinky sexual nature, and relate to a hotel in Moscow in 2013, when the Trump-controlled Miss Universe pageant was staged in Russia.

The claims, based on a dossier prepared by a former MI6 officer, were first reported by CNN, have not been corroborated and the president-elect reacted angrily as the appendix leaked to the press this afternoon NZT. He deployed all-caps to shout on Twitter:

It made for a dismal comparison with President Obama's final speech, which many saw as uplifting and inspirational.

And if the trio of intelligence agencies have indeed been duped by fake news, and it derailed the Trump presidency, that would be ironic given the role a barrage of fake news stories played in stunting Hilary Clinton's campaign.

While mainstream media The New York Times and the Washington Post were coy about the exact nature of the dirt allegedly held over Mr Trump's head by the Russians, Buzzfeed went to town and a barrage of internet memes soon followed.

And while most US media have labelled the blackmail allegations unverified and generated by Mr Trump's political foes, a BBC correspondent says he asked the CIA about them and was told there was more than one source; that there was audio and video, and that there were incidents in both Moscow and St Petersberg.

"Soft sensuality"
It was just another bizarre day in the surreal new era of American politics, which had been begun with Tom Barrack, head planner for Mr Trump's inauguration, promising the event will have a feel of a “soft sensuality."

On more serious notes
Republicans in Congress were thrown into turmoil, or at least contradictory, bumbling statements, after Mr Trump said he expects Obamacare to be replaced within days after he takes office, and that "“the replace[ment] will be very quickly or simultaneously, very shortly thereafter.” Republicans in the Senate and House have previously been using the end of the year as a timeline.

And in his final speech as US Trade Representative, Michael Froman said withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership would create a vacuum that China would fill as it draws countries into its own free trade deal.

"There simply is no way to reconcile a get-tough-on-China policy with withdrawing from TPP," Mr Froman said in remarks to the Washington International Trade Association. "That would be the biggest gift any US president could give China, one with broad and deep consequences, economic and strategic."

The president-elect has pledged to issue a formal notice of withdrawal from TPP on 20 January, his first day in office. 

The US signed the TPP, but it was never ratified by Congress. US ratification is required for the now-moribund trade deal to come into effect.


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Wouldn't be surprised by the shower he rec'd (so that's why he is so yellow!!) but IF the charge he and the Russians exchanged information during the election then he is a traitor... IF it was true I still reckon a good whack of his supporters would back him even if he was a traitor to the Russians - their hate is that strong

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Follow @realDonaldTrump on Twitter and you too can be one of his 19.4 million amused ( or outraged....) followers.....

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Using the framework employed by or in this CNN styled opinion piece (while drawing irony to the complaint of Trump).......Trump's tweet, if Barry's speech is being cast as inspirational and uplifting fiction, must then be dull due to it being factual.

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So are the elites trying to impeach or stop Trump? It certainly looks like that, with this being the latest attempt in a long line of attempts since the election.
If they succeed or half succeed America might turn out to be ungovernable, especially if half of America thinks the election has been stolen from them.

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Oh, it already has been

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Putin says it best:

More important than who did the hacking were the revelations contained in them about the Democratic party, he said, but “instead of apologising to their voters they started shouting about who organised the attacks”.

Asked about recent comments by Obama that “Ronald Reagan would roll over in his grave” over poll findings that 37% of Republican voters admitted to being fans of Putin, the president said it was a sign that the two countries were close.

“That means a large part of the American people have the same views as us about how the world should be organised,” he said, adding that many Americans “agree with our understanding of traditional values”.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/23/vladimir-putin-defeated-de...

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If one looks back to the Cold War era, studies the tactics used by the KGB to garner agents & double-agents via blackmail, then remembers who is in power in Russia currently, they would not be surprised at all to see that Donald Duck would fall easily into such a trap and that there is a very high probability such evidence exists.

I'm still 50/50 on whether he's actually going to make it to Inauguration Day!

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Please feel free to criticize the President -elect, but don't expect to be taken seriously when you call him "Donald Duck" instead of Donald Trump.

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Exactly !
Trump is Orange but Duck is Yellow. Besides Duck has more sense and is a the real entertainer.
Please do not defile Duck with such comparisons.

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This just in from security consultant Daniel Ayers (note others are countering that the dossier was compiled by a former MI6 agent now working for a private firm so would not necessarily conform to British intelligence norms):

 

Recently Buzzfeed published documents that claim to be British Intelligence reports on US President-Elect Donald Trump.  They are online at:

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3259984-Trump-Intelligence-Allegations.html 

The purported intelligence reports - strangely - bear no branding and are headed "Company Intelligence Report".  They are dated from 2016 and bear a security classification of CONFIDENTIAL / SENSITIVE SOURCE.

The documents also employ English rather than American spelling - for example "programme" rather than "program".

However these documents cannot possibly be genuine official British Intelligence reports from 2016 because the security classification of CONFIDENTIAL had been phased out by the UK Government two years earlier.

Prior to 2014 the UK Government used security classifications of Unclassified, Protect, Restricted, Confidential, Secret and Top Secret.

However from April 2014 these classifications were changed to Official, Secret and Top Secret.

For a brief explanation of the new UK security classifications, see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/whitehall-starts-using-simpler-security-classifications

For more detailed information on the new UK security classifications, see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/251480/Government-Security-Classifications-April-2014.pdf

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Interesting Chris. So current thinking is these are fake? Or is it a case of muddy the waters - which could be a good tactic anyway?

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The counter-comment has been that the dossier was prepared by an ex-MI6 agent, now working for a private company -- so why would they be expected to necessarily follow contemporary British intelligence formatting?

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...or indeed be expected to use spell-check, be correct about the names and locations of well known Moscow areas/neighbourhoods, or provide anything at all to substantiate the allegations contained within this 35 page dossier.

Very poor attempt at a smear. Almost as amateurish as the Merkel phone hacking fracas.

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Have I got this correct Mr Keall?
The FBI and CIA hacked into Russian Intelligence, and are really really p****d off when they discovered that Russia was hacking into the US? Please?

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Interesting isn't it that the Office and the reputation of the US President is almost always destroyed, not by US domestic politics, but by international countries. Vietnam took down Lyndon Johnson, Iran, Jimmy Carter, Iran and Nicaragua almost torpedoed Ronald Regan and Iraq pretty much killed off George W. Bush. So will Russia turn out to be Donald Trump's Waterloo?

And will the new Trump Administration by becoming bogged down and distracted in dealing with its Russian matter, be prevented from implementing much of its much-hyped first 100 days domestic agenda?

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Heres hoping !

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