Prior to President-elect Donald Trump taking the stage at his first news conference since late July, incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivered a scathing statement on Buzzfeed publishing an unverified dossier alleging Russia had compromising info on Trump.
Spicer hit the publication for releasing what he described as false and salacious information.
“It’s frankly outrageous and highly irresponsible for a left wing blog that was openly hostile to the president-elect’s campaign to drop highly salacious and flat-out false information on the internet just days before he takes the oath of office,” Spicer exclaimed.
He continued, bringing up Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith’s letter to the staff: “According to Buzzfeed’s own editor, there are some serious reasons to doubt the allegations in the report.”
The Trump spox further claimed this was all an effort by Buzzfeed to drive traffic to their site, while also invoking CNN’s report on the delivery of a two-page synopsis.
“The fact that Buzzfeed and CNN made the decision to run with this unsubstantiated claim is a sad effort to get clicks,” Spicer noted.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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