In response to a reporter who asked if, as CNN reported Tuesday, intelligence officials had presented him with a two-page summary of the unsubstantiated allegations that Russian actors allegedly possessed, Trump said “somebody released it."
“So I will tell you that not within the meeting but outside of the meeting, somebody released it. It should never have been -- number one, should never have entered paper but it should never have been released,” he said.
He called the unverified allegations contained in a dossier published by Buzzfeed News, which claimed the document was the source for the summary CNN reported on, a “disgrace.”
“I think it's a disgrace that information would be let out. I saw the information. I read the information outside of that meeting. It's all fake news. It's phony stuff. It didn't happen,” he said in response to a reporter’s question.
“It was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know, because you reported it and so did many of the other people. It was a group of opponents that got together, sick people, and they put that crap together,” he continued.
Correction: Due to an editing error, the initial version of this post stated that Trump denied that intelligence officials presented him with a summary of unverified allegations against him that Russian operatives were said to possess. He neither confirmed nor denied that he was presented with that information in the meeting.