If there was any doubt as to whether the relationship between the President-elect and certain members of the "intelligence community" had fallen on rough times, an angry Tweetstorm from Trump this morning pretty much clears up all the confusion. After the CIA included what is looking increasingly like fabricated nonsense in their official classified intelligence report (something we noted earlier here), Trump took to Twitter to confirm that it is "A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE" and questioned whether we're "living in Nazi Germany."
Russia just said the unverified report paid for by political opponents is "A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE." Very unfair!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
I win an election easily, a great "movement" is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Russian officials early Wednesday said that news it had "compromising personal and financial information" on Trump was "absolute fabrication." The Kremlin has no compromising dossier on Mr. Trump, such information is not consistent with reality and is nothing but an absolute fantasy,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov.
“There are people who foment this hysteria, who move heaven and earth to keep up this ‘witch hunt,’ ” he added. “By the way, this is how Mr. Trump characterized this fabrication.”
Late Tuesday night, Trump called the report a "political witch hunt."
In light of Trump's adversarial tone, futures are easing lower, concerned what Trump will say at today's 11AM EST press conference, where the topic of Russia is sure to be top billing.