In a biting attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday accused the outgoing U.S. administration of trying to undermine President-elect Donald Trump by spreading fake allegations and said those who are doing it are "worse than prostitutes."
Asked about an unsubstantiated dossier outlining unverified claims that Trump engaged in sexual activities with prostitutes at a Moscow hotel, Putin dismissed it as "fake" and "nonsense" and said it was part of efforts by Obama's administration to "undermine the legitimacy of the president-elect" despite his "convincing" victory.
"People who order such fakes against the U.S. president-elect, fabricate them and use them in political struggle are worse than prostitutes," Putin said. "They have no moral restrictions whatsoever, and it highlights a significant degree of degradation of political elites in the West, including in the United States."
Putin also mocked the scandalous dossier and pointed out that the visit to Moscow happened in 2013 before Trump was a politician.
"Do they think that our special services are hunting for every U.S. billionaire?"
Yeah actually. In fact we know you are.
Okay this is almost unbelievably tone deaf.
For Putin to launch such a passionate defense of the guy the American intelligence community is suggesting he helped to win the presidency, does nothing to help Trump, and gives critics even more reasons to suspect that Putin is his puppet master.