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Trump attacks media outlets that detailed unverified Russia allegations, calling them 'fake news'

President-elect Donald Trump called the publication of unsubstantiated allegations purporting to document his ties to Russia "fake news" and "an absolute disgrace" during a news conference Wednesday, castigating media outlets that detailed the claims.

"It's phony stuff. It didn't happen," Trump said at his first news conference since July.

Trump's comments followed more harshly critical comments by Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Trump's top spokesman accusing the media of bias.

Trump also acknowledged Russia's role in hacking intended to influence the U.S. election. Intelligence agencies have said Russia aimed to help his candidacy. Trump said he nonetheless hoped to forge a strong relationship with President Vladimir Putin.

"If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability," he said.

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