President-Elect Donald Trump responded to BuzzFeed at a news conference held Wednesday morning in New York. Trump said the unsubstantiated claims are a "disgrace" put together by "sick people." From his news conference:
JOHN HARWOOD, CNBC/NEW YORK TIMES: The intelligence briefing that you received on Friday that we're looking for further clarification on. Did the heads of the intelligence agencies provide you with the two-page summary of these unsubstantiated allegations and secondly, in the broader picture, do you accept their opinion that Vladimir Putin ordered the hack of the DNC and the attempted hack of the RNC? And if you do, how will that color your attempts to build a relationship with a leader who has been accused of committing an act of espionage?
PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP: Okay, first of all, these meetings are confidential, classified. So I'm not allowed to talk about what went on in a meeting but we had many witnesses in that meeting. Many of them with us.
And I will say, again, I think it's a disgrace that information would be let out. I saw the information. I read the information outside of that meeting. It's all fake news. It's phony stuff. It didn't happen. And it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know, because you reported it and so did many of the other people. It was a group of opponents that got together, sick people, and they put that crap together. So I will tell you that not within the meeting but outside of the meeting, somebody released it. It should never have been -- number one, shouldn't have even entered paper but it should never have been released.