Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

"'Utterly ridiculous" GCHQ trashes White House wiretap claims

The Telegraph reports that both Spicer and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster apologized to Britain.

The press secretary engaged in angry back-and-forth exchanges with TV news reporters in the White House briefing room just hours after Senate Intelligence Committee leaders became the latest Congress members to say they've seen no indication that the USA government made Trump Tower "subject of surveillance". Asked at a briefing, Theresa May's spokesman refused to say whether there had been a private apology.

The US has agreed not to repeat any such claims after GCHQ denied the allegations, BBC reports.

He added: "We have received assurances that these allegations won't be repeated and this shows the administration doesn't give the allegations any credence". "Where was your passion and where was your concern when they said there was no connection to Russian Federation?"

Regardless of where the accusation originated, British officials weren't too happy when they heard it.

The allegations of GCHQ involvement were initially made by former judge Andrew Napolitano on US TV channel Fox News.

GCHQ rarely comments on security matters, but used strong language to rebut the suggestion.

"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]".

Mr. Spicer accused reporters of jumping on reports to discredit the president and ignoring developments that favor him. Tim Farron, leader of Britain's Liberal Democrat Party, called the suggestion "shameful", adding, "Trump is compromising the vital United Kingdom -U.S. security relationship to try to cover his own embarrassment".

The syndicated columnist sat down with Tucker Carlson after the leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees said Thursday they've seen no evidence of the surveillance.

Previously, GCHQ had dismissed the allegations that British spies had helped Barack Obama eavesdrop on Mr Trump during the presidential campaign as "utterly ridiculous".

The remarks are the harshest rejection yet of Trump's claim that Obama had carried out surveillance on his self-named tower in Manhattan.

Trump sparked the controversy with a March 4 tweet.

That didn't stop Trump from using the massive megaphone that is Trump's Twitter account to tell the world that "This is Nixon/Watergate" prior to having evidence for his bombshell claims.

The Times did not report that Mr. Trump was the target of any surveillance, even though that notion has gained currency on right-wing websites, including some that traffic in conspiracy theories.

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