White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest (C) gives his final in-flight press gaggle aboard Air Force One during U.S. President Barack Obama's flight to Chicago to deliver a farewell address, from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
WASHINGTON White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Wednesday would not comment on whether a U.S. intelligence report referred to unsubstantiated allegations that Russia had compromising information on President-elect Donald Trump.
But Earnest said the report, presented to President Barack Obama and Trump last week, discussed a number of tactics employed by Moscow in addition to cyber attacks in an attempt to influence the outcome of the Nov. 8 election.
"There's a discussion of this fake news phenomenon in the report as well," Earnest said at a news briefing. "It's important to understand that the report that was compiled by the intelligence community goes beyond just the malicious cyber activity that Russia engaged in."
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