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President Donald Trump addresses U.S. military troops and their families at the Sigonella Naval Air Station, in Sigonella, Italy, Saturday, May 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Trump said Russia 'must be laughing at the US' amid new reports of an 'influence' campaign


Shortly after CNN released a report saying that Russian officials discussed having potentially derogatory information about him and some of his associates during the campaign, President Trump tweeted that Russian officials must be "laughing at the U.S." 

CNN reported that a source described the alleged information as being financial in nature, telling CNN that the Russians "had the ability to influence the administration through derogatory information."

Trump tweeted out a half hour after the the report at CNN had been updated at 6:21 a.m. EST.

However, those familiar with the situation are also cautious, saying that such claims could have been exaggerated or conceived entirely as a part of a campaign of disinformation by the Russians during the election. 

"The Russians could be overstating their belief to influence," said one of the sources.

However, the White House rejected the claims in a statement.

"This is yet another round of false and unverified claims made by anonymous sources to smear the President. The reality is, a review of the President's income from the last ten years showed he had virtually no financial ties at all. There appears to be no limit to which the President's political opponents will go to perpetuate this false narrative, including illegally leaking classified material. All this does is play into the hands of our adversaries and put our country at risk."

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