President Donald Trump dismissed intelligence information given to him shortly after the elections that showed that Russian President Vladimir Putin had interfered in the 2016 contest, which was revealed in Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear "
Trump, then president-elect, told President Barack Obama's Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, that he did not trust the information from human sources because they "sold their souls". and they sold their country & # 39;
"I do not believe in human sources," he said, according to Axios. & # 39; These are people who have sold their souls and sold their country … I do not trust human intelligence and these spies & # 39;
Obama's Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has previously confirmed his post-election meeting with Trump and has said he believes it is more credible that the Russians have blackmail information about the president.
Bob Woodward reports in his new book that Trump dismissed intelligence that Vladimir Putin had interfered in the 2016 contest
Clapper had informed Trump in Trump Tower about the findings of the intelligence community.
Clapper told CNN in July that he and other intelligence officials informed Trump, who was the president-elect at the time, and his team on January 6, 2017 that Putin personally ordered cyber attacks to try to influence the 2016 elections.
The president was attacked in July during his meeting with Putin in Helsinki, where he told a press conference that he believed the Russian president over the US intelligence agencies.
"I do not see any reason why it is," Trump said, speaking with reporters about the meddling of Russian elections while he was side by side with the man the intelligence of the United States says he ordered.
"So I have a lot of confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his refusal today," Trump said.
Putin raised the issue of electoral interference in the first instance in his press conference, and referred to it as "alleged interference."
"The Russian state has never interfered and will not interfere in internal affairs, including the electoral process," Putin said, denying it.
Trump then withdrew his words and said he was wrong when he said he had "no reason" to believe that Russia got involved in the 2016 elections.
Clapper told CNN after the Helsinki press conference that he is convinced that the Russians have blackmail information about Trump.
"More and more I come to a conclusion after the Helsinki performance and since then, I really wonder if the Russians have anything with him," he said.
Trump was criticized for his comments on the elections at a press conference in July with Vladimir Putin
Trump had to return his comments
At the Helsinki press conference, Putin denied having compromising information about Trump.
And Trump denied the infamous dossier dirty saying that if the dirt were real, it would have left.
"I have to say that if they had it, it would have been a long time ago," the president said, referring to unverified statements in the Steele file about his behavior in a Moscow hotel room during the Miss Universe contest before becoming president.
Woodward's book, "Fear," which goes on sale on September 11, offers new and exciting details of life at Trump White House.
Trump has tweeted furiously against the tome and hinted that stronger defamation laws might be necessary.
White House officials also denied reports of what they said about the president.
Woodward quoted White House chief of staff John Kelly as beating Trump after a fuse exploded during a meeting.
– He is an idiot. There is no point in trying to convince him of anything. He has left the railing, Kelly said, in Woodward's words. & # 39; We're in Crazytown. I do not even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I have ever had. "
Kelly responded to the claims by saying in a statement: "The idea that I once called the president is not true, in fact it is the exact opposite … This is a pathetic attempt to defame people close to President Trump and distract him from his many successes. "
In another episode described in 'Fear', Trump questioned the usefulness of the US early warning systems. UU In Alaska to identify a nuclear attack by North Korea.
The officials of Trump and the White House have insisted a lot on the book by Bob Woodward
The book by Woodward & # 39; Fear & # 39; goes on sale on September 11
When Trump asked him about it, Mattis, the Secretary of Defense, instructed him: "We are doing this to avoid the Third World War."
Mattis then told his colleagues that Trump had the mental capacity of "a fifth or sixth grade student," according to Woodward's sources.
On Tuesday he denied the version and said: "The derogatory words about the president that are attributed to me in Woodward's book were never uttered by me or in my presence, although in general I enjoy reading fiction, this is a unique brand of literature Washington, and its anonymous sources do not give it credibility. "
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on & # 39; Good Morning America & # 39; that the book is based on the claims of anonymous sources and disgruntled former employees. "This is just another repetition of pure fiction," he said.
Woodward said he remains true to his reports.