The Republican Trump, president since January 20, tweeted this month that his Democratic predecessor had wiretapped him during the late stages of the 2016 campaign. “They care about the president, and he’s the president”.
USA ties with Germany were frayed by news reports in 2013 citing leaked intelligence documents that Washington had bugged Merkel’s mobile phone. You have the ability to gather all the evidence you want.
If Comey shoots down Trump’s allegation about Obama illegally ordering surveillance on Trump Tower, how will Trump respond?
Even now, as bipartisan agreement has emerged that no such thing happened, Trump has dug in, leaving Trump aides and allies fumbling for excuses and explanations – like that spying microwaves are apparently a thing, according to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
“We have a close, special relationship with the White House and that allows us to raise concerns as and when they arise as was true in this case”, said May spokesman James Slack. So I think to fall back on that is a false premise. Asked about the intelligence committee’s report Mr Spicer said last night: “They are not findings”.
Carlson doubled down, asking why Trump wouldn’t have waited “to tweet about it until you can prove it”.
Other elected officials, including Republicans, have demanded that the administration provide evidence.
Fox News, for its part, wasn’t sticking to Napolitano’s insane story. Trump added that he also read about wiretapping from the failing New York Times. “Not that I respect The New York Times”.
The Justice Department said Friday that it had complied with congressional requests for information related to any surveillance during the 2016 election. Will Hurd whether Trump owed Obama an apology for the unproven allegation.
Instead, Trump’s tweets appeared to have been based largely on a Breitbart article that had been placed in his reading pile before he tweeted. But Trump has been unmoved, leaving his advisers to defend the president without any credible evidence.
“I do. I do”. “I didn’t make an opinion on it. He mentioned it. And other people have mentioned it”.
In the face of this, Trump had nothing to say until pressed twice by German reporters, to their credit, at Friday’s session with Merkel.
Trump also had no regrets about his spokesman Sean Spicer repeating an unverified report aired on Fox News that President Barack Obama had him monitored by the British spy agency GCHQ during the 2016 election. In response to Trump’s claims and a request from the House intelligence committee, the Justice Department is doing its own review of whether Trump or any of his associates were the subject of surveillance. Stone says he believes his contacts with a Russian-linked hacker who took credit for breaching the Democratic National Committee were obtained through a FISA warrant, which allows the government to collect the communications of individuals suspected of being agents of a foreign power.