Saturday 21 April 2018

Trump wants UK to investigate spy behind 'sex tape' claims in dossier

Fake news: Donald Trump. Photo: AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File
Fake news: Donald Trump. Photo: AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File

Christopher Hope

Donald Trump has said that Britain has "a lot of problems" and should "investigate" the former spy who made lurid allegations about the president-elect in a dossier.

Downing Street has insisted that no concerns have been raised by the team around Mr Trump after the allegations emerged in a the dossier prepared by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele last week.

However, Mr Trump made clear that he expects the UK to take action over the affair.

"That guy is somebody that you should look at, because it was false," he said.

Mr Trump added that "if this guy is a British guy, you got a lot of problems".

Mr Steele (52) fled from his home in Surrey last Wednesday after realising his name would become public knowledge.

Mr Trump reacted furiously to the release of the documents, which contain lurid but unsubstantiated allegations about his conduct in a Moscow hotel room.

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Asked who he thought was behind the dossier, Mr Trump said: "I think probably could be intelligence or it could be the Democrats."

According to a full transcript of his interview with UK MP Michael Gove, Mr Trump said: "It's fake news, it was totally made up and I just got a letter from people that went to Russia with me. Very rich people, they went with me, they said you were with us, I was with them, I wasn't even here when they said such false stuff.

"I left, I wasn't even there. I was there for the Miss Universe contest, got up, got my stuff and I left - I wasn't even there - it's all, so if this guy is a British guy, you got a lot of problems."

Mr Steele's status as an ex-UK spy has threatened a diplomatic row, with the Russian embassy in London suggesting he was still working for Britain to damage both Mr Trump and the Kremlin.

Mr Steele had originally been hired by political operatives eager for information that could damage Mr Trump.

He went to the FBI without their permission after deciding his information was "sufficiently serious".

Irish Independent

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