US president-elect denounces reports that Russia obtained compromising personal and financial information about him.
US President-elect Donald Trump has angrily denied reports that Russia had obtained compromising personal and financial information about him, calling it a "tremendous blot" on the record of the intelligence community if it had released such material.
In his first media conference since winning the November 8 election, Trump called the unconfirmed allegations "phony" and attacked news organisations that published the reports.
"It's all fake news," Trump said on Wednesday. "It didn't happen," he added.
"I think it was disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so fake and so false out ... that's something that Nazi Germany would have done, and did do."
The dossier that emerged late on Tuesday was first reported by CNN. BuzzFeed published the full document.
Two US officials said the allegations, which one called "unsubstantiated", were contained in a two-page memo appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election that was presented last week to Trump and to President Barack Obama.
"Trump responded as you would expect him to do," Al Jazeera's James Bay, reporting from New York, said.
"He went on the attack against the intelligence community and against the news media, in particular two parts of the news media that were responsible for publishing more detailed stories on this."
Relationship with Putin
Earlier on Wednesday, Russia also rejected the claims and said they were aimed at damaging Moscow's relations with Washington.
"The Kremlin does not have compromising information on Trump," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists, calling the claims a "total fake" and an "obvious attempt to harm our bilateral relations".
Al Jazeera's Natasha Ghoneim, reporting from Moscow, said there was "a lot of disgust" in Moscow over the allegations that Russia drafted an incriminating and compromising dossier on Trump.
"The Kremlin has been using pretty fiery rhetoric, calling it a 'hoax' ... and [is] sad as people are raising hysteria for this 'continuing witchhunt'."
Apparently, the dossier was compiled at the bequest of the Democratic party by an ex-British Secret Service Operative who worked in and has contacts in Russia.
I've read through it on BuzzFeed and it is pretty damning if it is true. I'm not personally convinced that any of it is true but should any part of it be proven, it is very dangerous for America.
Trump had a hissy fit with CNN in his first news conference since becoming President Elect and even took a swipe at the BBC.
The problem being that this has overshadowed some very important questions that need to be answered about Trump's financial position and conflict of interests when he becomes President.
However, should it be true, this is far more important than anything else that has been said about Trump so far.