Trump brands claims of compromising information.
US President-elect Donald Trump says allegations Russia has compromising material on him are “fake news, phoney stuff”, put together by “sick people”.
He was replying to unsubstantiated allegations that his election team colluded with Russia and there were salacious videos of his private life.
Intelligence agencies considered the claims relevant enough to brief both Mr Trump and President Obama last week.
Mr Trump also said for the first time that Russia was behind hacking attacks.
The press conference was scheduled in order for Mr Trump to give details about his business affairs, but was dominated by the allegations of compromising material.
Mr Trump said the information “should never have entered paper… it should never have been released”.
“It’s all fake news, it’s phoney stuff, it didn’t happen,” he said, adding that “sick people” had “put that crap together… it’s an absolute disgrace”.
He thanked the news organisations that chose not to run with the claims, which have been circulating for months.