Germany owes 'vast sums of money' to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

"They never invited us for dinner, then at the last minute they realized that optically it wasn't playing very well in public for them, so they put out a statement that we didn't have dinner because I was exhausted", Tillerson said.

But Trump also said he did not endorse a Fox News claim that Britain's GCHQ spy agency did the wiretapping for Obama - an allegation repeated by Trump's spokesman Thursday, sparking a sharp rebuke from London.

Germany does not owe North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the United States "vast sums" of money for defense, German Federal Ministry of Defense said on Sunday, rejecting the tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump. That was when Spicer cited allegations Napolitano made - apparently fueled partially by Johnson - earlier in the week on Fox News that the GHCQ had spied on Trump.

But Trump dodged responsibility for the allegation, suggesting that his administration was merely raising questions.

Angrily defending the president's statement, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters Trump "stands by" the four tweets that sparked a firestorm that has threatened Trump's credibility with lawmakers.

Burr and Warner are leading one of three congressional investigations into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, including whether Trump associates were in contact with the Kremlin. He continued to allege the US National Security Agency has given GCHQ access to "the digital version of all electronic communications made in America in 2016". Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee, said he had seen no information to support the claim and then went further.

On Monday, FBI Director James Comey is to testify before lawmakers on that and other issues relating to what USA intelligence says was Russian interference in the election. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!" he tweeted.

"I'm not saying the British GHCQ was wiretapping Trump's Tower".

"Is it legal for a sitting President to be "wire tapping" a race for president prior to an election?" The White House's refusal to back down raised the stakes for Comey's appearance before the intelligence committee on Monday.

Although the White House is standing by the claim, key Republican leaders are breaking with the President and mounting pressure for Trump to retract the statement.

That sparked a rebuke from GCHQ and calls from British officials.

"We just reiterated the fact that we were just simply reading media accounts".

  • Leroy Wright