President-elect Trump opened a press conference Wednesday morning thanking news organizations that didn't publish an unsubstantiated and salacious report that BuzzFeed published Tuesday night.
Calling the BuzzFeed report "nonsense," Trump said that other news organizations who declined to publish it have "gone up a notch" in his opinion.
"They looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies — who knows, but maybe the intelligence agencies — which would be a tremendous blot on their record if they did that," Trump said.
The incoming president said the report "should have never been written, it should never been had and it certainly should have never been released."
He said publications who did not follow BuzzFeed's lead — the site's top editor, Ben Smith, admitted publicly that there was "serious reason" to doubt its contents — behaved professionally.
"Some of whom have not treated me very well over the years," Trump said of the other news organizations.
"So professional, so incredibly professional that I've just gone up a notch as to what I think of you," he said.
BuzzFeed on Tuesday published the report, which was based on anonymous sources who claimed that the Russian government contained compromising information on Trump, including recordings of him participating in lewd sex acts.