President-elect Donald Trump fired off a flurry of tweets early Friday morning, ripping everyone from “sleaze bag political operatives” to Hillary Clinton’s former campaign staffers.
Among other things, Trump dismissed a salacious, unverified dossier published by BuzzFeed earlier this week as “phony allegations.” The memo contains details the U.S. intelligence community has not been able to verify, was reportedly drafted by a former British spy, Christopher Steele, on behalf of first Republicans who opposed Trump as their nominee and then Democratic rivals as Trump transitioned from the primaries to the general election.
U.S. intelligence services reportedly informed Trump about the dossier, which alleges that Russian operatives secretly filmed him at a Moscow hotel and have compromising information about him. The Kremlin denied possessing such information, which Trump pointed out in his tweets Friday.
“It now turns out that the phony allegations against me were put together by my political opponents and a failed spy afraid of being sued…. Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans – FAKE NEWS! Russia says nothing exists. Probably… released by ‘Intelligence’ even knowing there is no proof, and never will be. My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days!” the president-elect exclaimed on Twitter.
Trump also took exception to Clinton’s former campaign team for continuing to insist that FBI Director James Comey played a pivotal role in the election when he announced in late October that federal investigators were looking into additional emails connected to Clinton’s private email server. (Just days before the election, Comey said none of the emails would change his initial recommendation that Clinton and her aides not face charges related to the server.) On Thursday, the Justice Department’s inspector general said he would review that announcement and other controversial decisions made by the department leading up to the election.
“What are Hillary Clinton’s people complaining about with respect to the F.B.I. Based on the information they had she should never….. have been allowed to run – guilty as hell. They were VERY nice to her. She lost because she campaigned in the wrong states – no enthusiasm!” the president-elect proclaimed.
Trump also ripped the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, and praised his Cabinet selections, who are currently going through Senate confirmation hearings.
“The ‘Unaffordable’ Care Act will soon be history!” he tweeted.
“All of my Cabinet nominee [sic] are looking good and doing a great job. I want them to be themselves and express their own thoughts, not mine!” he wrote.
The tweets are the latest in Trump’s series of social media missives that defy precedent. Though he has given varied responses when asked how frequently he will use Twitter once he assumes office, with just seven days before he becomes commander in chief, Trump appears set to continue to use Twitter as an ad hoc presidential microphone to rail against his political foes.