Speaking at a press conference following his meeting with the Moldavian president, Vladimir Putin commented on the recent allegations that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump had spent time with Russian prostitutes. Putin said that he could hardly imagine that Trump would "run to a hotel in order to meet up with our girls of limited social responsibility," adding that he doubted that Trump would have taken the bait, "although they are, of course, the best in the world." A video of the press conference was uploaded to the Kremlin's official website on January 17.
Putin: "Look, I don't know Mr. Trump. I have never met him. I don't know what he is going to do in the international arena, so I have no reason either to attack and criticize him or to defend him. We won't ask the Nobel Prize Committee to give him a Nobel Prize in mathematics, physics, or any other subject. I have absolutely no grounds for that. However, these leaks are obviously fake. When Mr. Trump came to Moscow a few years ago – I don't remember exactly when – he was not a politician. We were unaware of his political ambitions. He was just a businessman, one of America's wealthy men. Does anybody really think that our intelligence services chase every American billionaire? Of course not. That's absolutely delusional. That's my first point. For another thing, (regarding the allegation) that the first thing Trump did when he first arrived in Moscow was to run to meet Moscow's prostitutes – first of all, he's an adult, and secondly, he organized beauty contests for many years, and had dealings with the world's most beautiful women. I can hardly imagine that he would run to a hotel in order to meet up with our girls of limited social responsibility – although they are, or course, the best in the world. But I doubt that Trump took the bait.
"People who order these kinds of fake (reports), which are being disseminated against the US president-elect, and who fabricate and use them in the political struggle, are worse than prostitutes. They have no moral constraints at all. By the way, Russia is constantly dealing with such people, our opponents."