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

Watch Donald Trump attempt to blame Fox News for his wiretap lie

Watch Donald Trump attempt to blame Fox News for his wiretap lie

During a press conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump said the White House wouldn't apologize for the unfounded allegation and instead said any blame rested with the Fox News commentator, Andrew Napolitano, who first raised it.

Fox News host Shepard Smith made the following statement shortly after Trump's comments on Friday: "Fox News can not confirm Judge Napolitano's commentary".

The flap started when Mr. Spicer, in the course of defending Mr. Trump's unsubstantiated accusation that Mr. Obama had ordered the future president's phones tapped past year, read from the White House lectern comments by a Fox News commentator asserting that the British spy agency was involved.

The official described the conversation as "cordial" where McMaster described Spicer's comment as "unintentional". He added that allegations that British intelligence had aided Obama in an off-the-books espionage effort were "utterly ridiculous and should be ignored".

The White House said Friday that Spicer had not accused Britain of spying on Trump but was "simply pointing to public reports, not endorsing any specific story".

Trump tried to distance himself from the report Friday.

James Slack says the British government made it clear to the USA that the "ridiculous" claims should be ignored.

"We said nothing", Trump said.

Under the Five Eyes agreement between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the U.S., allies can not use each others' intelligence capabilities to circumvent their own laws, Slack said. Darroch, the British ambassador, was at a lunch at the Capitol also attended by the president and Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny, just hours before Spicer's briefing.

Trump, who became president in January, tweeted earlier this month that his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama had wiretapped him during the late stages of the 2016 campaign. Will Hurd whether Trump owed Obama an apology for the unproven allegation.

Trump has so far refused to fully detail what evidence he's seen to support his allegation.

FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers are set to testify Monday at a House Intelligence Committee hearing, which Hurd called "must-watch TV".

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