Speaking with reporters during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump indicated he got his wiretapping information by watching Fox News personality and former New Jersey Superior Court Judge, Andrew Napolitano.
On Tuesday, Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, will travel to Washington for her first visit with the U.S. president, Donald Trump, in what is being described as a meeting of intractable symbolism.
The two leaders posed for photographers in the Oval Office before a one-on-one meeting, with Trump at one point joking “send a good picture back to Germany, please”.
Nato, trade and Ukraine were high on the agenda, but the focus was on how two leaders with contrasting ideas and leadership styles would interact.
On Thursday (US local time), the leaders of the United States Senate Intelligence Committee issued a bipartisan statement rejecting Mr Trump’s assertion that the Obama administration tapped his phones.
Speaking from the White House podium press secretary Sean Spicer quoted at length from a Fox News report, which alleged Obama had used GCHQ to dodge United States legal restrictions on monitoring U.S. citizens.
Deputy-director of MI5, Jeremy Fleming, is said to be taking over Robert Hannigan as the head of the British intelligence agency, who reportedly quit due to the pressure the job placed on his family.
The US has agreed not to repeat any such claims after GCHQ denied the allegations, BBC reports.
“They are not findings”, he said. A German journalist brought up the case of wiretapping and Trump’s accusations that British Intelligence was working with Obama to spy on him.
At the press conference, Trump said it was “unfair” for the United States to shoulder the bulk of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation budget and he welcomed Merkel’s pledge to increase Germany’s military spending.
The two leaders discussed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, with Trump underscoring the need for Germany to contribute a higher percentage of their GDP to the cost of defense.
“I am a fair trader. but I am not an isolationist”, Trump said. Trump said, “At least we have something in common perhaps”.
The visit was scheduled for Tuesday, but was postponed because of a snowstorm.
Last month, the White House announced that Trump had spoken with the secretary general of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and agreed to join a meeting of the alliance’s leaders in Europe in late May.
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Germany is among members countries that have come up short – which may be Trump’s point, but made simplistically – and it has announced its commitment will go up from 1.16% of GDP in 2016 to 1.26% in 2017.
Trump said that both countries must protect themselves from the threat.
Media reports reveal each day new findings on Trump’s or his close personnel’s contacts with Russian Federation. The incident blemished an otherwise strong diplomatic relationship between Obama and Merkel.