MEDIA/POLITICS/RUSSIA: "Well, you know, President Putin and Russia put out a statement today that this fake news [The 35 page dossier] was indeed fake news. They said it totally never happened. Now somebody would say, 'oh, of course he’s going to say that' — I respected the fact that he said that. And I will be honest, I think if he did have something, they would have released it. They would've been glad to release it. I think frankly, had they broken into the Republican National Committee, I think they would have released it — just like they did about Hillary — and all of the horrible things that her people, like Mr. Podesta said about her. I mean what he said about her was horrible. If somebody said about me what Podesta said about Hillary, I was the boss, I would have fired him immediately. Or that person. Because what he said about her was horrible."

 – “Donald Trump’s Press Conference, Annotated,” NPR.org, Jan. 11, 2017, Donald Trump, Transcript, 1/11/2017

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