White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer fended questions about President Trump’s allegations that Trump Tower had its “wires tapped”.
“We said nothing” about the GCHQ claim, Trump told journalists.
Reuters added that a spokesman for British PM Theresa May told reporters, “We’ve made clear to the administration that these claims are ridiculous and they should be ignored and we’ve received assurances that these allegations will not be repeated”. And Spicer wasn’t the only one apologizing. In fact, the United States made a formal apology, withGeneral McMaster, the US National Security Adviser, apologizing directly, according to sources. That prompted GCHQ to break years of protocol and make a rare public comment, describing the claims as “utterly ridiculous”.
Trump sent out a series of tweets last weekend saying that he had found evidence that he had been wiretapped by Obama.
A classified report from the US Justice Department reportedly does not confirm President Donald Trump’s accusations that President Barack Obama ordered a spying operation against him during the 2016 election, CNN reported, citing two government officials familiar with the DOJ document. So I think to fall back on that is a false premise. I read other things.
Sure, reading a report aloud from the podium at the White House and identifying it as evidence “that something was going on during the 2016 election” is a unusual way to not endorse something, but I guess that’s politics for you.
“Don’t forget: when I say wiretap, those words were in quotes… because wiretapping is pretty old-fashioned stuff”. The signals intelligence agency’s decision has chose to break this rule to issue an unusually strong denial in an apparent attempt to make sure it is not dragged into a hugely contentious USA debate.
Trump tweeted on March 4 that Barack Obama was a “bad (or sick) guy!” for allegedly ordering wiretaps at Trump Tower. Trump said he fired Flynn for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the communications.
President Trump has stood by unproven claims that the Obama administration tapped his phones during the 2016 White House race.