The Washington Post‘s Bob Woodward defended Donald Trump on Fox News Sunday against the"garbage" allegations waged against the president-elect on his relationship with Russia.
"That [BuzzFeed dossier] was a garbage document. It never should have been presented as part of an intelligence briefing," Woodward said. "As you suggested, other channels have the White House counsel give it to Trump's incoming White House counsel."
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Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Woodward his opinion of how the intelligence community handled the so-called Russian dossier against Trump.
Woodward said Trump's point of view on the issue is often underreported and then scolded the CIA for its criticism of the president-elect.
"When those former CIA people said these things about Trump that he was a recruited agent of the Russians," Woodward said.
"A useful fool," Wallace interjected.
"A useful fool. They started this. In Trump's mind, he knows the old adage, ‘Once a CIA man, always a CIA man.' And no one came out and said those people shouldn't be saying things," Woodward said.
Woodward said he has been in the journalism world for 45 years and that journalists receive information where people make allegations.
Woodward said that Trump has the right to be upset with the allegations.
"Those intelligence chiefs were the best we've had were terrific and had done great work. [They] made a mistake here, and when people make mistake, they should apologize," Woodward said.
Trump addressed the reports at his press conference on Wednesday morning, calling them "disgraceful."
"As far as BuzzFeed, which is a failing pile of garbage, writing it, I think they are going to suffer the consequences. They already are," Trump said.
CNN’s Jim Acosta tried to ask Trump a question at Wednesday's press conference, but the president-elect refused to answer his question and called CNN "fake news."