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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that those who are trying to defame US President-elect Donald Trump with unsubstantiated claims are ‘worse than prostitutes’.
According to a report from Russian news agency TASS, Putin has said that ‘prostitution is a serious ugly social phenomenon as young women engage in this also because they cannot provide a worthy life for themselves otherwise and this is largely the guilt of societies and the state. But people who order fakes like this, which are currently being spread against the US President-elect, are fabricating and using them in the political struggle. They are worse than prostitutes’.
Putin was reacting on the claims that the Russian intelligence has compromising material on Donald Trump and Russia may use it to blackmail him in future. An unverified dossier, authored by a former British intelligence officer, made headlines last week with its sensational allegations on Donald Trump of accepting bribes and indulging in sexual favours while he was in Russia. Both, Trump and the Kremlin had dismissed the dossier as fake.
Putin added that the ‘people who ordered such information have no moral restraints whatsoever’.
Saying that Trump has been in showbiz, Putin doubted that ‘Trump fell for girls with reduced social responsibilities’. He said, “Trump is a person who has dealt with organizing beauty pageants for many years and has communicated with the world’s most beautiful women. You know, I can imagine with difficulty such a thing that he immediately headed off for the hotel to meet with our girls of reduced social responsibility”.
Trump had slammed people spreading such rumours and had taken to Twitter to question if John Brennan, the outgoing CIA chief, was behind the leak of the fake news.
@realDonaldTrump -.@FoxNews “Outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan, blasts Pres-Elect Trump on Russia threat. Does not fully understand.” Oh really, couldn’t do…
5:46 AM – 16 Jan 2017
@realDonaldTrump – much worse – just look at Syria (red line), Crimea, Ukraine and the build-up of Russian nukes. Not good! Was this the leaker of Fake News?
5:59 AM – 16 Jan 2017
Donald Trump has indicated that he would take a soft approach towards Russia and would ease sanctions slapped on the country if ‘Moscow decides to work with the US’. There are reports that during first foreign visit of Trump to Iceland, a summit between Putin and Trump is being finalized.
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