Trump Denies He Has Ties To Russia In Early-Morning Twitter Outburst

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning tried to defend himself from Tuesday night reports that a British intelligence officer compiled a 35-page memo with salacious allegations about Trump.

In his first tweet, Trump cited comments from a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin denying that the country had collected compromising information on Trump. The President-elect attempted to use the comments from Putin’s spokesman to cast doubt on the validity of the memo.

Trump then denied that he has any links to Russia and dismissed the CNN report on the memo as “fake news.” He also compared leaks about the intelligence briefing to Nazi Germany.

U.S. intelligence officials last week briefed Trump and President Obama about allegations that Russian actors have compromising information about Trump, according to a CNN report. The briefing also included allegations that Trump surrogates communicated with Russian actors during the 2016 campaign, CNN reported.

Correction: This piece had been corrected to reflect that the dossier came from a former British operative and not Russia. We regret the error.