Boris to calm Trump spy row
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 20:32
On March 4, the NY billionaire attacked Obama in a tweet, claiming that he had "tapped" his phone while he was busy campaigning for the November 8 vote, further suggesting that the British intelligence was also involved in the move.
The head of America's National Security Agency (NSA) has denied claims the intelligence organisation asked Britain's GCHQ to spy on Donald Trump when he was running for president. "It is critical to our shared efforts to counter terrorism".
Sir Peter Westmacott said Sunday that the claims are nonsensical and "gratuitously damaging" to UK-US ties, as cited in a Guardian report.
Westmacott also wrote disdainfully about Trump's "famous reluctance to admit mistakes".
A diplomatic incident was sparked last week when the White House referenced a claim on Fox News that then President Obama could have used GCHQ for an operation against Mr Trump.
Spicer later cited an unsubstantiated report by a Fox News analyst that alleged Britain's GCHQ - the United Kingdom equivalent of the National Security Agency - had colluded to obtain intelligence on Trump for the Obama administration.
Nearly immediately, GCHQ responded in a rare statement that the allegations were nonsense, ridiculous and should be ignored.
The problem isn't that Trump does not seem to be able to distinguish between commentary and actual reporting, Stelter said. Fox News says Napolitano stands by his report.
"It's the president's favorite network", Stelter said, "but it's not often you hear any president say, 'Oh, go talk to that cable channel". Napolitano said a British spy agency surveilled President Trump to eliminate any trail leading back to President Barack Obama's administration.
Asked yesterday if there was any information supporting Trump's accusations, House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said on "Fox News Sunday": "Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower?"
Federal Bureau of Investigation boss James Comey and NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers were due to be questioned during a rare open congressional intelligence committee hearing.