Putin: Obama Administration Trying to Undermine Trump, Those Behind Dossier 'Worse Than Prostitutes'

The Russian president accuses those behind the leaked information of wanting to 'stage a Maidan in Washington' and undermine the president-elect's legitimacy.

Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, January 17, 2017.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is accusing the outgoing U.S. administration of trying to undermine President-elect Donald Trump by spreading fake allegations.

Putin, speaking at a news conference Tuesday, described a dossier on Trump as part of efforts by President Barack Obama's administration to "undermine the legitimacy of the president-elect" despite his "convincing" victory.

He said some now want to "stage a Maidan in Washington," in reference to the alleged U.S. role in organizing protests in the main square of the Ukrainian capital, which chased the nation's Russia-friendly president from power in 2014.

Asked about a dossier alleging Trump's sexual activities at a Moscow hotel, Putin dismissed it as "fake" and charged that people who ordered it are "worse than prostitutes." Trump has rejected the allegations as "fake news" and "phony stuff."