Trump was asked to rule out the possibility of contacts between his associates and Russian intelligence agents during the campaign and would not do so. Media reports conflict about whether it was disclosed to Trump and President Obama in intelligence briefings last week. Trump said it was “sick people” who “put that crap together,” including unproven assertions that he encountered prostitutes at a Russian hotel. “Believe me.”“It was disgraceful — disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out,” Trump said. That tension played out Wednesday on Capitol Hill, where Rex Tillerson, Trump’s choice for secretary of State, faced sharp questions during his initial Senate hearing from members of both parties.
Source:   Los Angeles Times
January 11, 2017 22:18 UTC