Napolitano Gets Cut From Fox
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Mar 21, 2017,
Mar 21, 2017, 12:31
Pressed for details, the Trump administration has produced no evidence to support the allegations, citing only news reports from conservative media.
The action by Fox follows FBI Director James Comey's testimony to the House Intelligence Committee during which he became the latest top official to reject the claims. Rogers, asked in the same hearing whether he agreed that the allegation about the British was "nonsense", responded "yes".
"'He didn't use the [National Security Agency], he didn't use the Central Intelligence Agency...he used GCHQ'".
Trump had been a fierce critic of former president Barack Obama for his frequent outings to the golf course.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday defended Trump's golfing, saying the president has used the outings not just for personal pleasure but to do business, pointing to his outing with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida, on February 11.
In response, GCHQ, usually silent on intelligence matters, sharply denied that it had engaged in any of the activities described by Napolitano.
Asked if President Trump's "baseless" claims against British security services damaged the close relationship between the two nations, Admiral Rogers replied: "I think it clearly frustrates a key ally of ours". "They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored".
But that did not stop Trump from bringing them up again. I didn't make an opinion on it. "That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox".
Asked how Trump's golf outings were different from Obama's, Spicer said: "You saw him utilize this as a opportunity with Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe to help foster deeper relationships in Southeast Asia, in Asia rather, and have a growing relationship that's going to help USA interests".
Rather than issue explicit corrections about Napolitano's reports, the network aired a series of brief updates on Friday, with news anchors saying things like "Fox News can not confirm Judge Napolitano's commentary".
"Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way", Smith said.