White House forced to apologize to Great Britain for ridiculous wiretapping claims
- Author: Zachary Reyes Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 6:38
We've made clear to the USA administration that these claims are ridiculous and should be ignored.
James Slack, May's spokesman, said Friday that the White House has promised not to repeat the line.
"Judge Andrew Napolitano made the following statement, quote, 'Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command (to spy on Trump)".
GCHQ took the unusual step of releasing a statement calling the claims "nonsense".
As for the GCHQ report from Napolitano, Tapper said the actual journalists at Fox never repeated this because "they have no confidence that it's true".
On Thursday, Schiff launched a new attack against Trump, accusing the president of revealing classified information about the Central Intelligence Agency during an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News.
"We have made this clear to the administration and have received assurances that these allegations will not be repeated".
The Fox News report claimed British communications agency GCHQ spied on the President's residence at Trump Tower.
Reuters reported earlier this week that an unidentified British security official had denied the allegations about Trump.
Britain and the United States are - along with Australia, Canada and New Zealand - part of the "Five Eyes" intelligence sharing alliance forged from the embers of World War II. "A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice", Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said in a statement.
Representatives for the White House did not immediately reply to a request seeking comment following May's spokesman's remarks.
"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". Trump accused Obama of felonious surveillance - presidents can not legally order their political opponents spied upon - to discredit evidence that Russian Federation sought to aid his election.
During the briefing, Spicer cited claims made earlier this week on Fox News by Napolitano. Does smearing British intelligence make your family more safe? No?