Britain's GCHQ agency denies wiretapping Donald Trump
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 11:43
He'll blame anyone elsehe can think of-even his friends at Fox News.
Leaders on the House panel sent a letter to the DOJ last week asking for evidence related to Trump's claims earlier this month that President Obama "wiretapped" Trump Tower ahead of the presidential election.
Trump first made the wiretapping accusation on March 4. Like Trump, he has appeared on the radio show of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Nonetheless, the White House refused to back down from President Trump's claim arguing that the wiretap claim referred more broadly to "surveillance".
REPORTER: To go back to your long list of sort of news reports you mentioned-one that you reached that perhaps the GCHQ was involved. Breaking with its tradition of nearly always staying silent on public controversies, the British spy agency released a statement that said, No way!
GCHQ responded by saying the allegations were "nonsense, utterly ridiculous and should be ignored".
And a spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May told reporters the country made it clear to the USA administration that the claims are "ridiculous and should be ignored" and that the United Kingdom received assurances the allegations wouldn't be repeated.
But in an awkward moment on live television while meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel - whose cell phone was once tapped by the National Security Agency - Trump quipped that he and the German leader had something in common.
Asked if there was an apology by the administration to the British government over the matter, Spicer replied, "No, we were just passing on news reports".
"Trump is compromising the vital UK-US security relationship to try to cover his own embarrassment", he said, adding: "This harms our and US security". "These nations must pay what they owe", Trump said.
During a press briefing Thursday, seeking to further explain Trump's claim that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, Spicer relayed allegations made by Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano. "You should be talking to Fox".
To sum up, the White House was citing phony information from Fox that Fox wouldn't stand by. "I don't think we regret anything".
"We don't have any evidence that took place", he said. In other words, they report, we repeat. It may not be a big news flash at this point, but Trump was eschewing any responsibility for White House statements. "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.