Fox News is reporting that President Donald Trump is not backing down from his controversial dossier on former President Barack Obama, despite his “bombsight” that it is false.
Fox News reported Tuesday that Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview that the “bizarre” document is fake and has been discredited.
“I have to tell you, I have to give it a big, big, bad bad name,” Trump said of the “Trump dossier” when asked about it by the Journal.
“The idea that the Democrats would do this is laughable, and I’m not going to let it happen again.
So I’m very, very disappointed in it.”
Trump said he doesn’t know the “real” reason for the report.
The president’s “bazinga” remark was echoed by other Republican lawmakers.
“We have to take a look at it,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told the Journal, adding that “there is no evidence whatsoever to support the claims in the dossier.”
“I think that’s why the president has not taken the dossier seriously.
I think that was an extraordinary move, and it’s an extraordinary decision.”
Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was “appalled” by Trump’s remarks.
“If you want to be president of the United States, you have to have a healthy skepticism of the media,” Ryan said.
“And he clearly did not have a sense of what the dossier is, how the dossier came about, and why it’s so dangerous to America.”
The “Trump-Russia collusion dossier” has been circulating on the Internet for months.
Its existence was revealed in October by former FBI director James Comey.
Trump, however, did not name any specific figures in the document, instead saying it was a “fake news dossier” compiled by Democrats to undermine his administration.
The document was heavily criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike.
But Trump insisted that the dossier was a hoax.
“There is no collusion, there is no fraud,” Trump told the WSJ.
“Look, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing.
This is what I do, and this is what my people do, that’s what it is.
This was made up by Democrats, and Democrats wrote it, and they are trying to use it to attack me.
It’s a phony.
It was a fake.
It has nothing to do with me.”