- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

President Obama’s spokesman needled Russian President Vladimir Putin and President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday, saying Mr. Putin was using the new administration’s “talking points” to accuse the Obama team of undermining Mr. Trump.

“It sounds like he got his copy of the talking points,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “It certainly sounds a lot like what the incoming administration’s team is saying.”

Mr. Putin said the Obama administration was trying to undermine the legitimacy of Mr. Trump’s election by spreading falsehoods about Russia helping him by hacking Democratic records.

“People who order such fakes against the U.S. president-elect, fabricate them and use them in political struggle are worse than prostitutes,” Mr. Putin said.

Mr. Earnest responded, “Of course it’s not true.”

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