“At least we have something in common, perhaps”, Trump said on Friday, motioning to Merkel, a reference to how the U.S. National Security Agency had tapped the German Chancellor’s phone in the past.
Trump was never spied on by Obama, and the White House’s refusal to admit the truth is causing worldwide incidents.
The tweet, which the president posted on March 4, alleged that the Obama administration had spied on Trump during the election campaign by wire-tapping Trump Tower.
Somehow, someway, Sean Spicer still has a job.
After Spicer’s briefing on Thursday, the U.K. GCHQ issued a statement flatly dismissing the Fox pundit’s reporting.
“They are not findings”, he said. The official said the conversations have been friendly and not acrimonious and both nations are committed to ironing out the situation.
“He’s able to get it, and there’s no American fingerprints on it”, Spicer said.
He told BBC Radio 4’s World At One: “That’s just foolish and very, very risky stuff, and President Trump better get a grip – not only on his own press officer, but on the kind of encouragement being given from the White House that makes a press officer make these stupid remarks in the first place”.
How about an apology to Barack Obama? “Full Stop”, Shepard Smith said on Fox News Channel moments after Donald Trump told reporters to talk to FNC about remarks his press secretary made from the podium at the White House.
Trump said there would be “some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks”.
Multiple US officials, the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee, Global Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and current and former Obama associates have denied all of the Trump administration’s claims that Obama directed a spy operation at Trump. Spicer said it was one of many reports that suggest the president’s claims of wiretapping “merit looking into”.
House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said Wednesday that it was possible that Trump aides were surveilled via “incidental” collection.
“Are you going to take the tweets literally?”
“The president has already been very clear that he didn’t mean specifically wiretapping”, he said.
The leaders of the intelligence committees were briefed last week behind closed doors by FBI Director James Comey, who is set to be asked on Monday to comment publicly on Trump’s claim during testimony before the House panel.