US President-elect Donald Trump has suggested at a press conference that intelligence agencies may be responsible for the release of a dossier containing allegations that Russia holds compromising information about him.
At his first press conference since winning November's presidential election, Mr Trump thanked media organisations that held back from publishing details from the dossier, which has reportedly been circulating in Washington for some time.
Mr Trump said that his administration will be the biggest creator of jobs ever seen.
"We're going to create jobs. I said that I will be the greatest jobs producer that God ever created. And I mean that".
Mr Trump said that if the intelligence agencies were shown to be responsible for releasing the document, it would be a "tremendous blot" on their reputation.
Reports of the dossier - said to have been drawn up by a former British intelligence officer with extensive experience of Russia - dominated the run-up to Mr Trump's press conference, which came nine days before his inauguration as the 45th US President.
US intelligence officers briefed the Republican president-elect and President Barack Obama about the contents of the document last week and reports emerged last night on CNN.
Web-based news site Buzzfeed published the dossier in full.
But Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the reports were "complete fabrication and utter nonsense" and said the Russian government "does not engage in collecting compromising material".
Opening his press conference in front of a row of US flags, Mr Trump said: "I want to thank a lot of the news organisations here today, because 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 in fact did that, a tremendous blot.
"A thing like that should never have been written, it should never have been had and it should certainly never have been released.
Mr Trump said that news organisations that decided not to publish the claims were "so incredibly professional that I've just gone up a notch as to what I think of you".
Mr Trump said it was a "disgrace" the way the information had been leaked.
It's all fake news. It didn't happen. It's phoney stuff. It was a group of people who got together, sick people, who put that out.
"Somebody released it. It shouldn't have even entered paper but it should never have even been released. I read what was released and I think it was a disgrace."
He clashed with reporters after accusing one website of being a "pile of garbage" and warning it would "suffer the consequences" for publishing unsubstantiated lurid details about him.
BuzzFeed has faced criticism for posting a copy of a dossier reportedly compiled by a retired British spy that contains embarrassing allegations about the president-elect.
Intelligence officers last week briefed the Republican and President Barack Obama about the document purporting to contain information about compromising details held by the Russian.
Reports about the dossier then emerged last night on CNN.
US President-elect Donald Trump refused to take a question from a CNN reporter at the press conference pic.twitter.com/ihM1bZVOjW— RTÉ News (@rtenews) January 11, 2017
In tweets ahead of the press conference, the Republican suggested US intelligence agencies are Nazis for allowing the information to be leaked.
Asked about the claim, he replied: "It was disgraceful, disgraceful that intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out.
"And I say that and I say that. And that's something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do.
"I think it's a disgrace that information that was false and fake and never happened got released to the public.
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...As far as CNN going out of their way to build it up...
The president-elect dismissed the channel's claim his lawyer Michael Cohen met with Russian officials during the election campaign.
He then repeatedly refused to take a question from a CNN correspondent, saying: "I'm not going to give you a question, you are fake news."
Shortly after the press conference finished, CNN responded to Mr Trump's claims saying its "decision to publish carefully sourced reporting about the operations of our government is vastly different than Buzzfeed's decision to publish unsubstantiated memos. The Trump team knows this."
Trump says he is a 'germophobe'
Referring to the allegations contained in the dossier, the President-elect told reporters he was a "germophobe".
"Does anyone really believe that story?" he said. "I'm also very much of a germophobe by the way, believe me."
He said he when he travels outside the US, he is "extremely careful".
"I'm surrounded by bodyguards, I'm surrounded by people and I always tell them ... if I am leaving this country, be very careful because in your hotel rooms and no matter where you go, you are probably going to have cameras.
"I'm not referring just to Russia, but I would certainly put them in that category.
"And, number one, I hope you are going to be good anyway but in those rooms you have cameras in the strangest places, cameras that are so small with modern technology you can't see them and you won't know.
"You'd better be careful or you will be watching yourself on nightly television."
Mexico will reimburse US for building wall - Trump
Mr Trump said he would not wait for negotiations with Mexico to be completed before starting to build a wall along the two countries' border.
"I could wait about a year and a half until we finish our negotiations with Mexico which will start immediately after we get into office, but I don't want to wait," he said.
He said his vice president-elect Mike Pence is "leading an effort to get final approvals through various agencies and through Congress for the wall to begin."
"Mexico in some form ... will reimburse us," Mr Trump added.
DNC 'totally open to be hacked'
Vice-president-elect Mike Pence attacked "irresponsible" media organisations who had carried details of the "false and unsubstantiated report".
At the start of the press conference, Mr Pence said: "The irresponsible decision of a few news organisations to run with a false and unsubstantiated report when most news organisations resisted the temptation to propagate this fake news can only be attributed to media bias and attempt to demean the president-elect and our incoming administration and the American people are sick and tired of it."
Mr Trump said that while he believed Russia had been involved in cyber hacking against the US "other countries and other people" had also been involved.
He said the Democratic National Committee's computer - which was hacked during the election campaign - had been "totally open to be hacked".
"They did a very poor job. They could have had hacking defence which we had," he said.
"They tried to hack the Republican National Committee and they were unable to break through. We have to do that for our country. It is very important."
Good relations with President Putin would be an "asset" and he hopes they "get along", he said.
"If Putin likes Donald Trump I consider that an asset, not a liability because we have a horrible relationship with Russia," he said.
"Russia can help us fight ISIS, which, by the way, is number one tricky.
"If you look, this administration created ISIS by leaving at the wrong time."
He added: "I don't know that I'm going to get along with Vladimir Putin. I hope I do, but there's a good chance I won't.
"And, if I don't, do you honestly believe Hillary would be tougher on Putin than me? Does anybody in this room honestly believe that? Give me a break."
Trump handing over control of business empire to two sons
The Russia news obscured what was the original purpose of the news conference: a chance for the real estate developer to describe how he will separate himself from his global business operations to avoid conflicts of interest once he takes office.
Mr Trump, who owns hotels and golf courses as well as assets like a winery and modeling agency, will transfer all his assets into a trust and put his two sons, Donald Jnr and Eric, in charge, hiring an ethics adviser to review any transactions for conflicts, a Trump lawyer told reporters.
The company will not enter any new deals while Mr Trump is president, and all profits generated at Mr Trump's hotels by foreign governments will be donated to the US Treasury, the lawyer said.
His daughter Ivanka, whose husband Jared Kushner will be a senior adviser to Mr Trump in the White House, also will cease her management role in the Trump Organization, the lawyer said.
Mr Trump said there was no requirement for him to give up the management of the Trump Organization during his time in the White House, as presidents were exempt from conflict of interest rules.
He brushed aside calls for him to release his tax returns, insisting voters did not care about the payments he had made.
Facing questions on the returns - which he consistently refused to release during his election battle with Hillary Clinton - the Republican president-elect told reporters: "I won. I don't think they care at all."
When asked if he will release his tax returns, Donald Trump said he will not release them because 'they are under audit' pic.twitter.com/DCDjKFDGf3— RTÉ News (@rtenews) January 11, 2017
Trump says he turned down $2bn Dubai deal over the weekend
Mr Trump said he rejected a $2bn deal in Dubai last weekend, demonstrating he was putting his business behind as he prepares to move into the White House.
"Over the weekend, I was offered $2bn to do a deal in Dubai with a very, very, very amazing man, a great, great developer from the Middle East," he told a press conference.
"I didn't have to turn it down," he said. "But I have a no-conflict-of-interest provision as president."