Spicer denies apology to British government for wiretap claim

“We have made this clear to the administration and have received assurances that these allegations will not be repeated”.

“This shows the administration doesn’t give the allegations any credence”. He said today Washington has assured Britain they will not be repeated.

The White House has promised to stop claiming that a British intelligence agency secretly spied on President Trump before the elections, an official said Friday.

On Thursday, the Trump administration’s mouthpiece stated that “three intelligence sources” informed Fox News that the former president went beyond using the NSA, CIA, or Federal Bureau of Investigation, instead seeking assistance from the foreign spy agency.

Trump described Napolitano as a “very talented legal mind” and argued questions about the allegations should be directed to the former judge.

“Look, they’re allowed to believe what they believe”, Cole said of the White House’s refusal to back down. “‘He didn’t use the [National Security Agency], he didn’t use the Central Intelligence Agency…he used GCHQ'”.

It rarely comments on specific operations, and nearly never in such blunt terms.

Along with their counterparts from Australia, New Zealand and Canada, they are members of the Five Eyes, which all work together on intelligence.

We don’t know what the report says.

“It’s a situation that simply wouldn’t arise”.

The White House allegations prompted concern in some quarters that the US-UK intelligence relationship could be undermined. “For this hypothesis to have any credence it would have to be the United Kingdom who identified Trump as a threat, obtained a warrant and then sought under the Five Eyes agreement express approval from the U.S. authorities to get on with their surveillance activities”, he said.

Intelligence sources told The Telegraph that both Mr Spicer and General McMaster, the US National Security Adviser, have apologised over the claims.

After the news conference Spicer echoed Trump’s defiant tone.

“Fox News can not confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary”, Smith told viewers Friday afternoon.

It was stated by one Trump pundit that basically Obama had the power to wiretap Trump’s phones and he could have, just as German Chancellor’s Angela Merkel’s phone was allegedly tapped by United States intelligence.

“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

The Republican Trump, president since Jan 20, tweeted this month that his Democratic predecessor had wiretapped him during the late stages of the 2016 campaign.

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