Angela Merkel looks bemused by Donald Trump's wiretapping joke

President Donald Trump refused Friday to back down from claims that President Barack Obama ordered his phones tapped during the closing days of the presidential election even after congressional intelligence committees leaders said they had no evidence the incident happened. Merkel had close relations with Trump's Democratic and Republican predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and she is likely to seek a strong working relationship with Trump despite major policy differences and wariness in Germany about the former NY businessman. "You shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox".

In contrast, Trump's unproven recent allegations against his predecessor have left him increasingly isolated, with fellow Republican as well as Democratic lawmakers saying they've seen nothing from intelligence agencies to support his claim. Arizona Republican Senator John McCain said on CNN last weekend that "the president has one of two choices: either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve".

FBI Director James Comey will testify in front of the House Intelligence Committee Monday about President Trump's wiretapping claims.

President Donald Trump's explosive allegation that Barack Obama wiretapped his NY skyscraper during the presidential campaign has left him increasingly isolated, with allies on Capitol Hill and within his own administration offering no evidence to back him up.

"The intelligence committees in their continuing, widening, ongoing investigations of all things Russian Federation, got to the bottom, at least so far with respect to our intelligence community, that no such wiretap existed", Ryan said. However, that segment - and a few more news articles the White House has provided as evidence - discusses unproven allegations that the Federal Bureau of Investigation requested warrants to surveil Trump associates. Spicer was very apologetic when confronted by Darroch at a White House dinner on Thursday, the Western diplomat said.

Nor does it say Trump and his campaign were under investigation or surveillance. Nunes said. "If so, clearly the president was wrong".

The House Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing on Monday on allegations of Russian meddling in the United States election.

The accusations - flatly denied by Obama - were at first seen as frivolous, spur-of-the-moment comments after a politically bruising week, which Trump and his team could later retreat from without much damage.

The leaders of the House intelligence committee wrote the three agencies earlier this week, asking for details about Americans who surfaced in intelligence collections between June 2016 and January.

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.

  • Leroy Wright