“This is disgusting,” Trump tweeted through spokeswoman Liz Harrington. “It’s fake news, just like RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA was fake news. It’s just the Radical Left crazies doing whatever they can to demean everybody on the right.
“It’s fiction, and nobody was tougher on Russia than me, including on the pipeline, and sanctions,” the tweet read. “At the same time we got along with Russia.
“Russia respected us, China respected us, Iran respected us, North Korea respected us. And the world was a much safer place than it is now with mentally unstable leadership.”
At issue is a new report by the Guardian that Russian leader Vladimir Putin ordered a secret spy agency to find “practical” ways to support Trump’s bid for the White House during a Jan. 22, 2016, meeting at the Kremlin.
According to the report, Putin characterized Trump as “mentally unstable” and believed his accession to the White House would create “social turmoil” and weaken the US.
The report, which the Guardian said is based on leaked Kremlin documents, claims Trump was identified as the “most promising candidate.” The paper said that it verified the documents and that they discussed a plan to help Trump win in 2016.
Documents from a top-level Kremlin meeting in 2016 appear to say that Russia had compromising information about Donald Trump, then a presidential candidate, The Guardian reported on Thursday.
The documents are said to be from a Russian national security council meeting on January 22, 2016, attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and top intelligence and military officials.
The Guardian said it took steps to verify the documents through expert analysis. It said they also included verifiable circumstantial details.
The newspaper said Western intelligence agencies were also aware of the documents.
The documents, according to The Guardian, said Russian officials believed that a Trump victory would aid Russia by badly destabilizing the US.
The documents provided a psychological profile of Trump that described him as "mentally unstable," The Guardian reported.
The Guardian reported that one section appeared to mention compromising material said to be held by Russia, an issue that has long been the subject of rumors in the US.
The documents said the material had been collected on Trump's "non-official visits to Russian Federation territory," according to The Guardian.
The documents mentioned "certain events" during Trump's trips to Moscow, The Guardian said. The newspaper said that the documents referred to an appendix for further details but that it was unclear what those were.
Unproven rumors have long swirled that Russia got lurid information about Trump on a business trip.