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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Russian businessmen in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin accused the Obama administration of trying to undermine Trump


Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the Obama administration on Tuesday of trying to undermine President-elect Donald Trump's legitimacy by spreading fake allegations of ties to Russia.

Putin told reporters Tuesday the controversial dossier about Trump was an attempt to sabotage Trump despite his "convincing" victory. He said some in the U.S. wanted to "stage a Maidan," referring to the alleged U.S. role in protests in Ukraine that pushed a pro-Russia president from power in 2014.

Putin said those who ordered the dossier are "worse than prostitutes." 

Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the State Council meeting on ecology issues at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. (Natalia Kolesnikova/ Pool photo via AP)

Referring to unsavory allegations in the dossier, Putin said Trump "has been with the most beautiful women in the world, so why would he need prostitutes in Moscow?" 

Some people leave without saying goodbye, and some say goodbye without leaving. The Obama administration belongs to the second category.
Vladimir Putin

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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